Senator Ted Stevens Remembered for Securing Funds for a Muhlenberg County Music Center

We remember former Senator Ted Stevens, who was killed late Monday night in an Alaskan plane crash.

Stevens was the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1997 to 2005. During that time, he helped secure $1 million dollars for the Merle Travis Music Center located in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

The auditorium section of the Merle Travis Music Center is named in his honor.

In the past, Stevens said he loved serving the people of Alaska in the United States Senate. "I treasure every moment I've spent here representing Alaska and Alaskans--the land and the people that I love."

Despite his small stature, he was often described as "larger than life."

Stevens was the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate in history. He first joined in 1968 and served until 2008 when he was convicted of federal corruption charges. Those charges were later dismissed.

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