- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam’s office says plans to greet President Barack Obama on the tarmac in Nashville had to be canceled because of scheduling conflicts.

The Republican governor had already said he would have to miss the president’s speech at McGavock Comprehensive High School on Thursday afternoon because of out-of-state economic development meetings.

Haslam’s spokesman, David Smith, said the president’s later-than-expected arrival in Nashville also prevented their meeting at the Berry Field Air National Guard Base. Smith did not say where the governor was going.

Obama’s speech was expected to focus on the improving educational achievements in Nashville and Tennessee.