Oprah G. Winfrey International Airport?
Tennessee Councilwoman Sharon Hurt has proposed renaming the Nashville International Airport as the Oprah G. Winfrey Nashville International Airport. Although Oprah was born in Mississippi, she got her career start in Nashville. After graduating from East High School, she received a full scholarship to Tennessee State University before she launched her successful media career. "I think it's a grand opportunity for us to recognize someone of Oprah's stature," Hurt said in an interview with USA Today. She said the name change is especially fitting since the Nashville Airport is undergoing multi-billion-dollar renovations at the moment and having a new name to go along with it would be a very strategic move. But this change was not up to the Council; it’s the airport authority board who had the final say. Hurt received a letter from Airport CEO Doug Kreulen stating the name change would violate naming policies. Airport policy reportedly states that an individual must be deceased for at least two years, and have made a substantial contribution to the airport or field of aviation to have building or facility named after them. Womp, womp. More here.