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This post will be updated throughout the day and captures Tennesseans in Washington and at home experiencing the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Two lifelong friends have made their way this week to Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

They're part of a busload of supporters from Tennessee planning to watch as Trump is sworn in as the nation's 45th president.

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Donald Trump's inauguration will be followed by hundreds of rallies around the country, including in downtown Nashville on Saturday. That march, called Power Together TN, is largely led by women and expected to draw thousands.

And for many participants, their political activism began as a backlash to Trump's election.

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A hearty band is making its way from Nashville to Washington, D.C.

A few dozen Tennesseans boarded a pair of charter buses in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Madison Wednesday night. They're one of the many groups headed to the National Mall for the Inauguration of Donald Trump, and their hopes for the ceremony are high.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says his $278 million transportation plan will give the state the money it needs to improve roads while leaving taxpayers no worse off.

But opposition is already coming, from a conservative group with a history of sinking the governor's initiatives.

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Gov. Bill Haslam is outlining a plan to increase the state's gas tax by 7 cents while also cutting Tennessee's sales and businesses taxes.

He says the legislative package will give the state the funding it needs to pay for roads without taking more money from taxpayers.

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Many Tennessee voters — Republicans and Democrats alike —  will spend the coming days trying to understand what it will mean for Donald Trump to be president. But for many at the state capitol, attention is turning to Election Day, 2018.

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Muslims from across Tennessee were at the Capitol Friday in an effort to spark more dialogue with state lawmakers.

The event included tours of the Capitol and a Muslim prayer service, all with the message that it's time for Muslims to get more involved — not just in national politics, but with lawmakers who shape Tennessee's future.

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Oak Ridge Republican Randy McNally is a man of few words.

That may be why few Tennesseans have heard about him before this week, when he was elected speaker of the state Senate.

McNally has nearly 40 years of experience, yet an earlier episode in his life still defines his career. People refer to it as the time Randy McNally wore a wire. Operation Rocky Top became one of the biggest corruption scandals in the legislature's history.