Mayor Andy Ogles Reflects on the Success of MuleFest Memorial Day Weekend with over 20,000 in Attendance

Mayor Andy Ogles Reflects on the Success of MuleFest Memorial Day Weekend with over 20,000 in Attendance


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio to reflect on the success of MuleFest Memorial Day weekend.

Leahy: In studio, our good friend, strong, conservative mayor, freedom lover, mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles.  Good morning Andy.

Ogles: Good morning. How are you today?

Leahy: I am delighted to have you in the studio. We haven’t had a chance to talk since the great success of MuleFest a couple of weekends ago. We covered it at The Tennessee Star. Our great reporters were there and we had some great pictures.

I don’t know if you saw the pictures that we had from that but we had some fabulous pictures of Trace Adkins and of the crowd and of one Andy Ogles there.

Ogles: We knew it was going to be successful. I guess you hope it’s going to be successful. Friday night for the concert we had 20,000 people show up Friday night. It was one of the largest crowds and in recent history for downtown Columbia.

And then Saturday morning, we had all the vendors. We had two stages. It was a music festival. We had another 12,000 show up Saturday morning for the parade. It was exhausting planning something like that?

We had set up a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) that ran the organization so it can live on in perpetuity. But it was trace Adkins is one of the coolest people that you’ll ever meet, and he’s just a good guy.

Leahy: Well, what I found very interesting about it is that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. (Ogles chuckles) And the weather!

Ogles: Oh, my goodness.

Leahy: Just walk us through that Friday. This is what, Friday, May 29 I think it was? I’m here in the morning on the program and thunder and lightning and rain. And I’m thinking, oh, my goodness, this is not a good sign here for my friend Andy Ogles and MuleFest. Walk us through the weather that day and how your planning was influenced by it.

Ogles: It was full steam ahead. We had been watching the forecast carefully with emergency management. He was keeping tabs on the weather for us. And they get reports anyway, anytime bad weather is coming in, they’re getting hourly updates from the National Weather Service.

And so we just watched it and looked like it was gonna break for us. And at the last minute, it basically went around Columbia. The sun shined down on the square, and we had a brief sprinkle for about five minutes, which dropped the temperature.

But actually, it was a blessing, because when you get 20,000 people in a small area, it gets warm fast. And in fact, I walked to the back of the crowd and took some photos, which were just amazing to see that many people at a concert, especially post COVID.

We’ve been shutting down, locked down. We’ve been lied to. We’ve been crammed into our homes, jobs lost, et cetera. And just to be able to get out and say to not only my community, but to Tennessee, it’s time to put this to rest and to open up.

It was amazing. But once you got past the crowd, the temperature was 10 degrees cooler just because of all the people.

Leahy: We had a photographer there and the crowd was huge. And what I found interesting was the main event started at 6 p.m. It was raining, raining and raining until about 4 pm? And then it stopped raining. It’s like you hear the clouds part. The sun comes out, you hear the Angels sing! (Laughs)

Ogles: Unlike our ungrateful vice-president and president, this was to memorialize those who have served our country and fallen. And we just took a moment to celebrate our community and say yes and take a stand and say, enough with this COVID crap. But we were honoring our Gold Star families.

Leahy: Who died from Maury County.

Ogles: We read the names of those who have died from Maury County.

Leahy: In Afghanistan and Iraq, going all the way back to WWII and Vietnam.

Ogles: The Korean War. But it was just one of those moments where you could have heard a pin drop. So you’ve got 20,000 people in this space. We’ve had music leading up to it. We kind of took a break in the middle to honor our military and you could have just heard a pin drop.

It was amazing. But it was unique and that we had a presentation of the colors and the flag. I actually got caught off guard because the Gold Star families presented me a flag in appreciation for being but an advocate for our military and our veterans and those who have fallen to service.

Because, again, you’ve got Armed Services Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day and they’re all slightly different. But Memorial Day is about those who have died serving our country. And shame on the President for not acknowledging it.

Leahy: Or not even acknowledging D-Day.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: Unbelievable. The Vice-President calls Memorial Day a long weekend and the President misses D-Day. Unbelievable.

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Clint Brewer and Mayor Andy Ogles Analyze How Left and Right Are Finding Common Ground

Clint Brewer and Mayor Andy Ogles Analyze How Left and Right Are Finding Common Ground


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to ponder how the left and right are beginning to find similarities as liberal policies prove too radical.

Leahy: In studio, Clint Brewer, the original all-star panelist, and Andy Ogles mayor of Maury County. That’s an interesting interview we just had with Naomi Wolf.

Ogles: I’ve never met her. And I’m sure Clint, we were talking offline that she was an advisor to Gore.

Leahy: In 2000.

Ogles: She was banned by Twitter. I’d love to meet her and shake her hand. It’s like a badge of honor. (Leahy laughs) Like, holy cow. We may not agree on a lot of issues, but kudos to her for having an opinion that kind of cuts across the grain.

Now, I will say trying to be objective is that I look at my friends on the left and how fervently they will defend the Constitution when it fits their narrative, and when they want to change policy, they’re more than willing to attack the Constitution and to label a breathing document and to throw it out the freaking window.

Brewer: The Bill of Rights is not an a la cart menu. You don’t get to pick and choose what you like.

Leahy: I think I’ll cite the Constitution on this argument and forget it on the other argument.

Brewer: Well, honestly, whenever I hear somebody in a public debate or to say I’m a strict Constitutionalist, I’m immediately suspicious of that person because I’m sure there’s something in there that they don’t want to uphold.

And that happens on both sides of the aisle. But the mayor’s point is well taken. These issues do cut across the grain. You look at her past stance on abortion and now talking about medical freedom, they don’t entirely reconcile.

Ogles: It’s like a game show. I’ll take the Second Amendment for 100, please. (Leahy laughs) It doesn’t work that way. It’s all one document. And, you know, and I would argue that there is no First Amendment without the Second Amendment. They go together, they go hand in hand.

Leahy: That’s interesting because, you know, during my week off, I did some reading on English kings, the Plantagenets after William the Conqueror, and then the Tutors and The War of Roses.

Brewer: Some light vacation reading, Mike?

Leahy: Well, for me, it’s light reading. It’s fun.

But what’s interesting about that is back to your point, you don’t have a First Amendment without a Second Amendment, you know, the right to bear arms. And throughout history, it’s always been about who has the power. Who has the military force?

And if the person wielding that military force is evil or corrupt, it’s bad news if they have superior forces. And if you look at that 500 year period of English history, sometimes the winner was a good King and sometimes not a good King. It’s what we have here right now in the world today.

Brewer: I don’t know that you can preserve democracy like what America attempts to do. You’re in and you’re out without having an armed citizenry.

Leahy: You’ve got to have an armed citizenry. No question about it.

Brewer: The government, whether it’s a party on the left or the party on the right, it has to know that people have the right to defend their homes and defend themselves. And I think it changes the way they do things over the decades.

Ogles: Our government operates at the consent of the governed, but there are folks on the left, especially that have forgotten that notion. I love the Constitution. I love our republic will defend the republic.

But at the same token, for those that are trying to divide this country, they need to understand something and that is the majority of the Fortune 500 corporations are now in the South and the Midwest.

The South and the Midwest don’t need the Northeast. We don’t need California. They can go to hell. We can do this without them. Now, I’m not advocating for any kind of sedition or anything like that.

But what I’m saying is we have an economic might here, and it’s time for the conservative state to stand together.

Leahy: I will tell you many California refugees who have arrived here in Tennessee will tell you California already is hell. (Laughter) That’s why they’re leaving, right?

Brewer: Yeah, of course, but now they’re going into all the hot chicken places and asking for gluten-free hot chicken. (Laughter)

Leahy: Did you just make that up or is that a thing?

Brewer: I imagine it’s happening somewhere.

Leahy: It probably is because this is one of the challenges, right? Tennessee is thriving because it is a bastion of freedom or aspires to be a bastion of freedom. We’ve got no state income tax.

And now one of the challenges is as all of these Californians come in, and it’s mostly Californians, at least here in Middle Tennessee, there are some from Illinois and New York and Connecticut you hear this complaint? Well, that’s not how we do it in California. (Whispers) Go back to California.

Brewer: I know I was in contact with a family through other circumstances, not related to work or professional pursuits, but they said, well, we haven’t left our home since March. I mean, the guidelines there.

I just think it’s open some people’s eyes up to the fact that there is a different way to live and you can come to states like Tennessee and enjoy it. Speaking of opening people’s eyes up. It’s very interesting to have a conversation with Naomi.

I never thought that Naomi Wolf would be a frequent guest on The Tennessee Star Report because, of course, she was, you know, Al Gore, whatever advisor. I don’t know what she advised him on. Maybe on how to dress or something like that.

Ogles: Did she also help invent the Internet?

Brewer: I was hoping to get a play-by-play on how the Internet was created. I do think it’s fascinating. I think it just shows that the pandemic has created some issues socially and from a governance standpoint that I think the mayor used the phrase off the air that they sort of cut across the grain. It’s like the streams are crossing.

Leahy: I think that’s right. It is. And when we have Naomi Wolf on, you see, that happening to a degree but not fully because there are some elements of I don’t know what you might call it. Left-wing theology that she finds hard to abandon, perhaps.

Brewer: I think ideology. I wouldn’t call it theology. You wouldn’t call theology?

Brewer: No. It suggests maybe it involves the divine.

Leahy: I think it’s their view. I use the word theology to describe their adherence to it. The fact to the contrary, that’s sort of funny and obviously reasoning.

Ogles: They’re very polarized right now. You have those on the left and those on the right. And I think most people would peg me on the right and she’s probably somewhere on the left. But this whole idea of medical freedom and the liberties and the shutdown, etcetera, those people that are, in the ‘middle’, those people that self identify as independence, they’re shifting right I think.

And this is just my personal opinion for this next cycle. And so you see, in Texas, we’re winning a county. A Republican Mayor in a blue county on the border of Texas.

Leahy: McAllen, Texas.

Ogles: Hidalgo County. Hillary won it by 40 points. And suddenly they now have a GOP Mayor. What? And so I think that’s the canary in the coal mine that some of these issues, whether it’s immigration reform or medical freedom or shutdowns, you could see not just in Tennessee, in Texas, but in Pennsylvania and across the country this red wave hit the country. I think you could see a sweep in the U.S. House.

Brewer: No, I think you’re right, mayor. The midterms are always dangerous for the party that just won the presidency. So already, historically, you’ve got a pretty big risk involved.

And President Biden came out I think it was last week and said, everybody wants us to move so fast on this progressive agenda, but our margins are pretty thin in both Houses. For his faults, he’s a realist when it comes to legislation. And I think he understands the challenges he’s up against.

Leahy: When he’s couchant.

Brewer: Yes, when he’s couchant. I think they’re doing a really good job of that White House of staying on message at least and having a lot of message discipline, which Biden is not known for.

Leahy: Apparently, part of that message discipline was not acknowledging D-Day.

Brewer: That wasn’t particularly good.

Leahy: So they missed that one. That is their message, though I suppose.

Ogles: Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s what you don’t say. That’s deafening. When you see this administration not honoring those who served in such a monumental moment in history, not just for the U.S., but for Europe and the Pacific, that says a lot about this administration.

Leahy: Yes. And none of it good.

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Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles Talks Tennessean Frustration and Transgender Bathroom ‘Campaign’ Bill

Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles Talks Tennessean Frustration and Transgender Bathroom ‘Campaign’ Bill


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio who discussed the growing frustration of conservative Tennesseans and the transgender bathroom bill.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by our good friend Andy Ogles, Mayor of Maury County. That bastion of freedom in Tennessee. Now, speaking of freedom, I can’t wait. I got to hear all about this. MuleFest is coming to downtown Columbia this Friday. (Deep voice) Trace Adkins.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: Trace Adkins. I can’t do that voice.

Ogles: No.

Leahy: Only one person can do that voice.

Ogles: Trace Adkins is distinct. So we went to this little restaurant a few weeks ago, and, of course, he’s a big fella. He’s kind of hard to miss.

Leahy: He’s like 6’4? 6’5?

Ogles: Something like that. So you are hanging with Trace.

Leahy: And Scooter is saying, you know, he’s really good pals with Trace Atkins.

Scooter: What I tell ya? I feel like it.

Leahy: He can feel it. So you’re hanging with Trace? (Laughs)

Ogles: One of the nicest people that you’ll ever meet.

Leahy: And he lives in Maury County? Where does he live?

Ogles: He actually lives in Williamson County and during COVID and the way that Davidson and Williamson and some of the other more liberal counties bent over to COVID (Leahy laughs) he came down to the bastion of freedom.

Leahy: Bend over to COVID. (Laughter) No, that’s a good phrase. You are on a roll with phrases today Andy Ogles. (Laughter)

Ogles: Oh me. My filter is off. He’s got his back to the restaurant or to most of the people in the restaurant and then he speaks. Then just, you see, basically every head in the restaurant turn.

Leahy: They know. So there he is. You hear him speak. It’s Trace.

Ogles: Its Trace.

Leahy: So now how did you become pals with Trace Adkins? What’s the story there?

Ogles: Well, during COVID, he started coming down to Maury County and just kind of fell in love.

Leahy: And what’s not the love in Maury County, though?

Ogles: Well, I’m biased. I grew up in Franklin. My wife and I did a dated in high school.

Leahy: Increasingly Liberal Williamson County.

Ogles: Well, it was very rural back in the day. A lot of people see Franklin today, and it’s a cool town, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the town I grew up in. It was kind of a Mayberry community, very rural, with a lot of cow fields and pastures.

But Franklin outgrew us, and we moved further South. My great-grandmother was born in Maury County in 1904. My grandmother 1924. So I had roots in Maury County. So it was familiar. And our son passed away a few years ago, our third child.

And if there’s ever a time when you’re going to do something kind of radical, because if you had asked us prior to that, would we ever leave Franklin? I think the obvious answer would have been no.

But we’d always talked about buying a place a little slice of heaven, raising the kids on the farm. And it was that moment we took inventory of life and said, you know what, if we’re ever going to do this, we need to do it now. And we did. And we’ve never looked back.

Leahy: And let me just put a little caveat on that characterization of Williamson County because I live in Williamson County, the people who live in Williamson County are largely conservative.

Ogles: Oh, sure. Yeah. Absolutely.

Leahy: The leadership of Williamson County, I’m talking about you, Williamson County School Board. This is me, not you. And the leadership in the County tends to be more Liberal. That’s just the reality of it.

Ogles: There was a Mom’s for Liberty meeting at The Factory.

Leahy: We covered it.

Ogles: And I don’t know the official count, 350 to 400 people showed up.

Leahy: Big crowd, basically talking about, in general opposing of the imposition of Critical Race Theory in the curriculum of Williamson County schools.

Ogles: That’s right. And let me tell you, so the moms, in particular, are disproportionately women. I was at the meeting, they’re fired up. And I think you’re going to see, of course, we mentioned MuleFest, but we kind of move past it and we’ll come back to it.

Leahy: We’ll come back to MuleFest. We got a full hour.

Ogles: That’s right. Well, I think there’s the potential across the state of Tennessee. And I’ve been traveling the state quite a bit here lately, primarily between Knoxville and Jackson. So the edges of East and West.

Leahy: The edges of East and West.

Ogles: In Middle Tennessee, and there’s a lot of angst, there’s a lot of frustration. And pretty much wherever I’m going going to speak, it’s 100 and 250 people showing up on a Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday night, and they are frustrated.

And so I think you can see across Tennessee something building that if you have a candidate that’s primaried, whether it’s school board or County Commission or Alderman or state rep, that you’ll see a wave, a change over against incumbents.

Leahy: And that’s at the local level because in many cases, the local school boards have gone woke.

Ogles: That’s right. And I think there’s this, again, this sense that the legislature, we have a Supermajority in the state of Tennessee, hasn’t done enough and hasn’t taken the necessary measures to protect our children from a whole host of issues, whether it’s LGBTQ curriculums or transgender issues or CRT. Only 34, 35 percent of kids read on the level in the third grade. We’ve talked about that before.

Leahy: Which, by the way, you would think, Andy, that would be the job of the Tennessee State Department of Education to make sure that, oh, I don’t know, kids at the third grade, 100 percent would read at a third-grade level.

Ogles: Right. But what we’re doing is we’re pushing wit and wisdom, which is the foundation of CRT.

Leahy: I think isn’t a big champion of that Penny Schwinn, the Commissioner of Education?

Ogles: Yeah. Well, and that’s the irony of the CRT bill in the state of Tennessee is that the enforcement mechanism against CRT say, in Nashville and Shelby counties, Memphis is the person who’s laid the groundwork for CRT in the state of Tennessee.

Leahy: What I think is likely to happen is the following. I think after this school year starts if the governor signs the bill, which sources tell me he will.

Ogles: Yes, I think he will.

Leahy: I think he’s not signed it yet. But if he signs it, and the bill basically says the enforcement mechanism for any school system that violates these tenants is to withhold money.

And the person who designs that is Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. She’s going to be loathed to do that, frankly. So what I think is going to happen is she won’t enforce it. We’ll see.

Give her the chance. But then the General Assembly would come back in, generate and they’re going to have to fix it.

Ogles: I think I think you’re right. I think the governor will sign it because it’s a half measure, like so many other pieces of legislation that he signed this year.

There are a whole bunch of do-nothing pieces of legislation. So there’s no downside for him to sign it because it actually doesn’t accomplish anything now.

Leahy: Didn’t he just sign this big anti-transgender bill. Or is that a half measure, too?

Ogles: Oh, it’s certainly a half measure, because rather than banning that altogether the way we should.

And I think I made the comment two weeks ago. If you’re a dude in a dress, you’re still a dude. Go use the men’s restroom.

Leahy: If you are a dude in a dress, you are still a dude.

Ogles: That’s right. And look, it’s a free country. California has the right to be Liberal. I have the right to be conservative. You want to wear a dress, wear a dress. Free country. You’re not using the bathroom with a little girl in Tennessee.

What we’ve done and they’re calling it a bathroom bill. But all it requires is for the business to put up a sign. So basically, what you’ve done is codified that a man could use the restroom with a little girl.

Leahy: They’ve codified that unless the local business puts up a sign of opposing. Is that how it works?

Ogles: Well, again, it’s one of these grey areas.  If you’re going to address an issue such as this, why don’t you actually address it instead of skirting around the edges so you can campaign on it?

And that’s all this is. This is a campaign bill versus an actual bill that does something, and he needs to be called out on it.

Boy did we veer off of we started with Trace Adkins and MuleFest. And here we are, dabbling.

Leahy: The coffee is good, though. It’s the early morning. And I keep telling our listening audience the way the best way to experience this program is, this is a three or four-person conversation every day.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: I have a conversation with you. We sit here and we drink our coffee. And our listening audience, they’re getting up, and they’re saying, I wonder what Mike and Andy, you’re gonna talk about today.

And so they’re drinking their coffee, and they’re saying, well, that’s interesting. I wonder where this is leading.

Ogles: (Laughter) You just never know.

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Photo “Mule Fest 2021” by Beth Zaunbrecher.


Andy Ogles Highlights Events in Upcoming MuleFest to be Held in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee Memorial Day Weekend

Andy Ogles Highlights Events in Upcoming MuleFest to be Held in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee Memorial Day Weekend


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio who detailed more of the events and sponsors for MuleFest in downtown Columbia, Tennessee this Memorial Day weekend.

Leahy: In studio with us good friend, Mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles. I want to talk about just the details of Mule Fest coming up in downtown Columbia on the square this Friday, May 28, and then Saturday, May 29. The music will start in the square at 6 p.m.?

Ogles: That’s right. It’s 6 p.m. this Friday. I can’t believe it’s already here.

Leahy: I mean, we were talking about this months ago. Now it’s here.

Ogles: It’s here. And there’s a bit of a relief. There’s a lot of planning that goes into this and really have to give a shout-out to the business community for the amount of business support because this is funded by sponsors. There are no taxpayer dollars.

Leahy: It’s funded by sponsors. You can tell the audience who those sponsors are.

Ogles: Some of our big sponsors, one of our great builders down in Maury County, in Williamson County is John Mayor Builders.

Leahy: John Mayer builders. I know John well. A great guy and a great builder.

Ogles: And a great family and immediately stepped up excited. Guy Land is an architect out of Williamson County. He just designed Jason Aldean’s new home. They do great work. Winsupply out of Nashville, the HVAC contractors.

Leahy: So the public wouldn’t know necessarily Winn Supply but every HVAC provider in Middle Tennessee knows them.

Ogles: That’s right. And that’s just to name a few. We have probably 60 sponsors.

Leahy: 60. Now let me just step back. How did you organize 60 sponsors?

Ogles: It’s been busy. When I decided to do this there has been a lot of festivals over the year that Maury County has had that just kind of fell by the wayside. And we’re bringing those back because immediately after this, we’re planning a huge October Fest in Maury County.

And so we’ll shift gears. We’ve got our County Fair coming up. So I’ll be help planning that. And then we have an October Fest following that up. But it’s really about Maury County is such an amazing place. It’s a historic community. We’ve long lived in the shadow of “Historic Franklin.”

Leahy: In Maury County, in Colombia, in downtown Columbia, the home of James K Polk. President of the United States 1845-1849. And so if you look at your top 10 best presidents. He was number 10.

Leahy: He’s always there because he accomplished everything he said he would. He was a very effective President.

Ogles: One of the most undercelebrated presidents in American history. But yet he’s one of the best. And he’s right there from Columbia. We’ve got a great music scene that happening in Columbia.

We’ve got this revitalization or Renaissance, if you will that was really just booming prior to COVID. And that’s why I refused to shut things down based on the data that supported my decision.

But we have small businesses that depend on the economy to pay their bills and the idea that government can say, well, you’re essential, but you’re non-essential. If you’re a working family and you’re trying to pay your mortgage and put food on the table, your job is essential, whether or not the governor or whoever thinks so.

And so this is why I really fought to keep Maury County open and to be free and to support Liberty. And it’s really culminated in this music festival that it’s going to be amazing. A couple of dozen bands. I’m excited.

Leahy: So if you’re listening right now and you want to know where to find out more details, go to And there you can see the sponsors, John Mayer Builders, Caledonian Financial, TriGreen Equipment. Guy Land. You said Winsupply also a sponsor.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: It lists all the events and how to get involved. And MuleFest gear. Are you selling hats and stuff like that.

Ogles: All kinds of fun stuff.

Leahy: That sounds fun. And the parade.

Ogles: We were talking about selling things. When you’re going to have 20, 30,000 people in the downtown community one of the first things is like, where are we going to eat? And we have over 40 food trucks are going to be on hand, plus our restaurants and then another 150 or so vendors selling just a whole assortment of crafts and things.

Leahy: It’s a place to bring your kids to. It’s a lot of fun. What’s parking is going to be like?

Ogles: And we have a Kid Zone.

Leahy: There you go.

Ogles: One of our local churches has stepped up to put that on. There is going to be music. If you want to partake, we have a whole host of craft beers that you can select from. But then there’s going to be a Kids Zone too.

And then if you’re a veteran, we have a veteran section because this is about our troops. But parking, I would say come early, you’re going to have to walk a block or two because we’re going to have a lot of people in that whole area is going to be pedestrian-friendly.

We’ll have a couple of streets blocked off to create a nice safe, two and a half, three-block square for pedestrians and children. And those again, we’re going to be out and about and having fun.

Leahy: When did you come up with the concept of MuleFest? What day? When was it? September or October? When was it?

Ogles: Yeah. So I’ve been working on this for a while. I mean, it was one of those do we call it MuleFest or did we call it Mule Du Gras? There used to be a mule Du Gras festival.

Leahy: But let me just say, MuleFest sounds better than Mule Du Gras. (Laughs)

Ogles: We had a music festival that took place for a number of years. And again, it just kind of faded away. The people that organize it and whatever. And so combining Multetown USA and music festival just kind of cramming those phrases together.

Leahy: MuleFest. So my last question, before we go to the news, who was the first sponsor to say yes?

Ogles: The first was probably two Caledonian Financial and John Mayer Builders.

Leahy: You know, it’s like you got a concept. You need a sponsor. They step up.

Ogles: Our local business owners.

Leahy: Fantastic.

Ogles: They got it immediately and they stepped up to the plate.

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Photo “Andrew Ogles” by Andrew Ogles.


Roger Simon and Andy Ogles Discuss the Power-Mad Hypocrisy of Left-Wing Politicians

Roger Simon and Andy Ogles Discuss the Power-Mad Hypocrisy of Left-Wing Politicians


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Senior Editor-At-Large at The Epoch Times Roger Simon and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to redefine the term elites like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as hypocritical power-mad people.

Leahy: Let the party begin! In-studio with us, my former boss at PJTV, and now the Senior Editor-at-Large for The Epoch Times, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger.

Simon: Good morning.

Leahy: Well, we’re going to actually have to turn your mic on there, Roger.

Simon: No kidding. Now, I have to watch what I said.

Ogles: Speaking of party, I think Gretchen Whitmer had one.

Leahy: That’s Andy Ogles, mayor of Maury County.

Leahy: So in honor of your presence here, Roger, because you are, of course, the newest all-star panelist at The Tennessee Star Report. We’re going to lead with a story at The Epoch Times headline. Andy this is so funny. Whitmer administration acts as COVID-19 rules she violated at Michigan bar, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitner, the administration. rescinding her rule of restaurant parties of six people on Monday, two days after she was caught violating the restriction herself.

Simon: What hasn’t she violated?

Leahy: It’s a long list of White, Liberal progressive hypocrisy.

Simon: There has to be a new word for hypocrisy, because hypocrisy You know, I’ll be pretentious and go tell your audience the old definition of hypocrisy from Francois de La Rochefoucauld, this old friend French dude long dead. His definition was hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

Leahy: Oh, I like that.

Simon: That’s very fancy, but it doesn’t really do it for these people who are a lot worse than that.

Leahy: So the story, of course, was she had a rule, probably an illegal rule Andy, I would guess, because the governor just passed the rule. It wasn’t passed by the legislature as the Constitution of Michigan and the Constitution of the United States require.

But restaurant parties could only be six people and they had to be wearing masks and they had to social distance. They had to wear masks still, under her rule that she just implemented on Monday got rid of. She was caught in a photograph that Breitbart News obtained.

And my friend and colleague Kyle Olson, who was up in Michigan got this picture. And it was a picture of, like, 13 people, including Gretchen Whitmer herself right in the middle of it, crowded, elbow to elbow at a restaurant with no masks. Hypocrisy thy name is Gretchen Whitmer.

Simon: It’s been that name for a long time. What’s really kind of interesting is that people will elect a person like that. What’s going to happen in the next gubernatorial election in Michigan? That’ll be an interesting thing to see. It will be a big test for those there.

Leahy: The police chief of Detroit, Black guy, very conservative is apparently thinking of running for governor against Gretchen Whitmer.

Simon: What’s his name again? He’s fantastic I’ve seen him on TV.

Leahy: I think it’s David James. I’ll check out the name of the guy. Andy, you’ve been tracking all these things, and in Michigan. Michigan is not Maury County, Tennessee. Maury County, Tennessee has been a bastion of freedom.

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: A great phrase. Since the beginning of this. Michigan has been the exact opposite. Unless your name is Gretchen Whitmer. Right?

Simon: Well, she’s a regular Gavin Newsom. (Laughter)

Ogles: It’s just this whole idea of do, as I say not as they do. We know the elites and they’re fabulous at this to issue edicts, whether it’s global warming as they hold a press conference in front of their jet. (Leahy laughs) When you look at COVID and you look at the way some of these governors have managed or mismanaged, you hate to make it personal, but she comes across as a bit nutty.

Leahy: A bit?

Simon: A bit? An interesting word that we’ve been inundated with is elites.  We use it as a convenience term.

Leahy: what is so elite about them? They have power.

Simon: Power-mad people.

Leahy: Power-mad people who don’t have a lot of common sense and don’t seem to care.

Simon: They may have common sense. It’s just they don’t want to use it.

Ogles: You think about Nancy Pelosi when they were passing Obamacare and you need to pass it to see what’s in it. Just trust me, because I know better than you do.

Leahy: Oh, my goodness.

Simon: Well, they’re kind of like, like 18th-century French aristocrats.

Leahy: It didn’t end well for them. (Laughter)

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Photo “Roger Simon” by Roger Simon and photo “Andrew Ogles” by Andrew Ogles.