Sunday, March 20, 2022

TENNESSEE “BLUE PLATE SPECIAL” LICENSE PLATES – 180 OPTIONS! (published 3-20-2022; article #306)


Are y'all still with me? This third article, of six today, is the halfway point! Hopefully, this one gets a bit more interesting and entertaining!

This is a follow-up to my 9/21/2021 article, “Rate the Plates is On! (published 9/21/2021).” That was a funny article, if I do say so myself!

Blue Plate Special

Sadly, despite my valiant efforts, on 9/21/2021, the vote early and often gang won. The Tennessee Department of Revenue has announced the winning plate design. It was the “blue plate special.” The image, below, is from the TN Department of Revenue, Automobile Plate (In God We Trust) page.

The minority of atheists out there have the option to remove “in God we trust.” I suggest that atheists figure out how to trust the Good Lord, before it's too late!

For Tennessee readers, I am sure that you either have the plate on your vehicle or have seen the plate on vehicles. Our 2008 Honda Civic has to get a new plate next month. Our 2006 Nissan Frontier has to get a new plate in December.

License Plate Options!

Most folks, whom I know, do not care for the “blue plate special.” There are other options!

The good ol' TN Department of Revenue offers “over 100 specialty license plates.” (That's a quote from their website.) They even have a YouTube video, to brag about the options. (You can click, to skip the advertisement.)

“Over 100” is an understatement! I counted 180 specialty plates! Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is selecting the specialty plate for her car.

I have four specialty plates in the running for my truck: American Eagle Foundation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Friends of the Smokies, or Support Our Troops. The list is in alphabetical order.


I smell a conspiracy! I speculate that, somehow, the Tennessee Department of Revenue picked the ugliest plate of the original options, for which they wanted anyone -- legal, illegal, in state, out of state, in country, or international -- to vote.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue hoped that many folks would pay extra, to get those nicer “specialty plates.” That's what Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I will do! We will donate to a couple of good causes, just to avoid the ugly “blue plate special!”

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