A Tennessee Councilwoman has proposed renaming the Nashville International Airport after Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey graduated from both Eastside High School and Tennessee State University and the rest is history.
Councilwoman Sharon Hurt feels that the renaming would be a huge tribute to a Winfrey who has become one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world (and one of the richest.)
However, Hunt is receiving some pushback from airport officials who claim that it would violate their naming policy for facilities. Naming policy says individuals must be deceased two years and it is the Nashville Airport Authority board who has the final say over the airport's name.
Hurt ad rallied hard earlier this year to get the Metro Council to rename a stretch of Charlotte Avenue after Martin Luther King Jr. and she succeeded.
"It's Oprah," Hurt said in an interview. "Nashville is in a very unique position to be able to offer that type of recognition to someone that's very deserving.
"I think it's a grand opportunity for us to recognize someone of Oprah's stature. [...] "However, I think that Oprah has accomplished and achieved greatness that we will never see in our lifetime. She's that and all of that. Because of that and the ties that we have, I think this is an opportunity we have to immediately honor her and recognize here.
"When I was growing up, and even now, my mother always talked about giving flowers while they live. Why do we have to wait until people are deceased until we can truly honor or recognize them?"
Both the airport board's chairman, Dexter Samuels and Nashville International Airport President and CEO Doug Kreulen released a joint statement.
"Both the president/CEO of the authority and I agree that Ms. Winfrey's achievements and accolades are too numerous to recite," the joint letter reads, "however, renaming the airport after Ms. Winfrey does not meet the criteria established by the (airport authority)."