Tennessee House honors Chicago Cubs, new element Tennessine

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World Series MVP Ben Zobrist shakes fans‘ hands during the Franklin Christmas parade, where he was grand marshal.(Photo: Shelley Mays / File / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a series of resolutions Monday commemorating the newly discovered atomic element named after the state, wedding anniversaries and the Chicago Cubs.

Rep. , D-Nashville, sponsored three resolutions honoring the World Series champions with Tennessee connections. Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm, bullpen coach Lester Strode and World Series Most Valuable Player Ben Zobrist all had resolutions passed in their honor by the House. Grimm and Strode were born in Tennessee, and with his wife and three children.

Clemmons, an avid Cubs fan and advocate for youth sports programs, said he felt honored to recognize the players not only for their achievements on the field, but their contributions to the community.

A joint resolution recognizing the scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for their contributions last year in the discovery of element 117, aptly named Tennessine, also was passed.

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