Olympic Torch arrives at TTU Thursday, Ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

The advance team coordinating the area Olympic Torch Relay celebrations is on campus today and as a result of team members' input, the itinerary for Thursday has changed slightly. Future changes will be noted on this page, so check back later to see if alterations have occurred. For now, here's what's planned:

11 a.m. Olympic Torch Ceremony begins on TTU's Main Quad with a welcoming address by Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe, who will also introduce special visitors and local dignitaries.

11:10 a.m. A representative of Putnam County government gives a welcoming address and introduces local providers and contributors.

11:20 a.m. United Way of Putnam County Executive Director introduces torchbearers and Core Community Task Force members.

11:23 a.m. Cookeville Police Department gives update on torch location.

11:25 a.m. Tennessee Tech ensemble plays Olympic music.

11:30 a.m. Flame arrives.

11:32 a.m. President Volpe welcomes Torch Relay.

11:34 a.m. Rick Woods of the Cookeville Drama Center leads the National Anthem.

11:37 a.m. Olympic Torch Relay message is read.

11:41 a.m. Cookeville Mayor Jean Davis provides official welcome and proclamation.

11:47 a.m. Tennessee Tech alumnus Matt Bulow reads the Olympic Creed.

11:48 a.m. Big-screen video highlights of Torch Relay.

11:58 a.m. Flame departs with Tennessee Tech student/torchbearer Andy Holbrook.

12 p.m. Distant Thunder provides musical entertainment. Prize drawings by local contributors begins.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones and soft drinks will be available for sale, beginning at 11 a.m. by the Tennessee Tech Athletic Foundation.

All times subject to change depending on road conditions and relay progress. Please be sure to lock up if your area will be unoccupied during the ceremony.
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