Dr. Ray Stowers (L), vice president and dean of Lincoln Memorial


September 14, 2007 - HARROGATE, TN – United States Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) visited the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) campus yesterday to tour the school’s new DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM).

The Senator visited LMU-DCOM as part of a five-county tour of East Tennessee. He was welcomed to the building by Dr. Nancy Moody, president of LMU; Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM; and Dr. Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, chair of the LMU Board of Trustees.

Corker, several members of his staff and distinguished local guests were given a tour of the new LMU-DCOM building. Following the tour, the Senator addressed the members of the LMU-DCOM Inaugural Class.

Corker began his remarks by recalling a visit to the LMU campus during the 2006 election campaign at a time when construction on the LMU-DCOM building had not even begun. “I congratulate all of you for selecting this as your career and coming to this great college,” Corker said.

Corker spoke about three main issues: the war in Iraq, energy security and healthcare. Corker, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, discussed the two visits he has made to Iraq since joining the Senate. “The men and women that we have in uniform in Iraq, to me, represent the best our country has to offer,” Corker said. “I am continually overwhelmed with their sacrifices.”

The Senator, also a member of the Energy Committee, discussed the growing energy crisis at home and around the world. “I think as a country we have to do everything we can to pursue other technologies while expanding the availability of those known types of energy that we now have in our country,” Corker said.

Corker concluded his remarks by speaking about health care. “I think health care is the biggest short-term domestic issue that our country faces,” Corker said. Corker, along with Senator Richard Burr (R-North Car.), recently introduced The Every American Insured Health Act. The Act would alter the United States tax code to give every American family a refundable tax credit of $5,400 per year. “I see major employers here in our country wanting to do away with having to provide health benefits for their employees,” Corker said. “If we as a country don’t figure out a way for every individual to be able to purchase private, quality affordable health care, then we as a country will move toward a single payer system.”

Corker concluded his remarks by saying, “It is a tremendous honor for me to serve in the Senate. My commitment to you is this: to honor this tremendous privilege you have given me.”

On November 7, 2006, Corker was elected to serve the people of Tennessee in the United States Senate. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations, Energy, Small Business, and Aging Committees, and in July was also appointed to serve on the prestigious Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to being elected to the United States Senate, Corker served as mayor of Chattanooga. He is visiting all 95 Tennessee counties during his first year in office to listen to constituents’ concerns, provide an update on his work in Tennessee and Washington on their behalf, and to introduce his key staff members in each region of the state.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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