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Live Updates: Megan Barry Sworn In As Nashville Mayor At Music City Center

Sep 25, 2015

After an impressive election victory, Megan Barry was sworn in as mayor of Nashville today at 2 p.m. What follows is our live blog of the proceedings, including audio from Barry's inaugural address, photos and a play by play of what happened:

Updated at 3:00 p.m.

As the Rabbi from West End Synagogue reads the closing benediction with nods to Nashville's international communities, one last photo:

Updated at 2:50 p.m.

Mayor Megan Barry speaking now: "We make Nashville a vibrant city that is the envy of the nation."...."I cannot do this alone." "Now, let's get to work."

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

Judge Richard Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals is introduced to administer the oath for Megan Barry. Before doing so, he tells the audience of being a longtime family friend and says he's looking forward to living in Nashville with Barry as mayor. The oath is short, and the deed is done. Megan Barry is now mayor of Nashville. 

Updated at 2:40 p.m.

Vice Mayor David Briley is speaking. He says he looks forward to working with the Metro Council. Keeping his speech short, he whittled down his message on behalf of the Council to "40 words":

We share Nashville’s optimism. We will work to extend economic prosperity to those being left behind, protect our neighborhoods, and build upon the success of our public schools. We will act transparently, listen to everyone, expect accountability, and deliver results.

Then Nashville's first "youth poet laureate" Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay takes the stage to read.


Nashville Youth Poet Laureate Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay
Credit Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

The new Metro Council was introduced. They are being sworn in by Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton, as is Vice Mayor David Briley. 

Updated at 2:20 p.m. 

Americana artists Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are performing the single from Isbell's new album Something More Than Free. Isbell and Shires are married and just had a baby girl three weeks ago. Isbell joked that he told his daughter — who is with them at the ceremony — maybe she could be mayor someday if she drinks her milk. "She just burped," he said. 

Updated at 1:55 p.m.

Original Post:

Barry, the city’s first female mayor, gave her inauguration the theme of “We Make Nashville,” to “celebrate our variety in business enterprises and musical forms, our consolidated approach to government, and the spirit of cooperation and humanity that leads us through good times and bad.”

“What makes Nashville great is the diversity of our economy, our culture, our ideas, our music and our spirit,” Barry said.

The threat of rain moved the event into a Music City Center ballroom.

Follow along here and on Twitter @WPLN for coverage. And see the links below to stories about Barry's campaign promises and election day win, and to hear the voices of her supporters.