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Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Promotes State's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(Published: April 30, 2014)

Ronnie Milsap, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is promoting the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in a public service announcement that was distributed to radio stations across the state this week.

Milsap has been a patron of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for many years. The library loans Braille and audiobooks to people who are blind, have visual impairments or cannot read conventional books due to physical disabilities.

Milsap originally recorded the public service announcement in 2010, the same year the Tennessee General Assembly designated his hit song "Smoky Mountain Rain" as one of the official state songs. In the 60-second message, Milsap talks about the convenience of being able to download audiobooks onto computers.

That downloading service has since been expanded to include mobile devices. Using an iOS mobile app of 4.3 or later, library patrons can download books and magazines with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

"Technology has improved, so we're now able to offer books and magazines to patrons in more different types of formats," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I am thankful that Mr. Milsap was kind enough to record this public service announcement to help us spread the word about the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I hope radio stations across the state will give the PSA good airplay so we can raise awareness among Tennesseans about the great services the library provides."

The public service announcement is being distributed by the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. Radio stations that belong to the association have the option of airing the announcement whenever they have available airtime.

To listen to a longer version of the announcement, go to: http://tn.gov/tsla/lbph/.