Mid-South represented at State of the Union

Mid-South represented at State of the Union

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and the Mid-South was well represented in attendance.

President Trump started his speech out by urging peace and unity among parties. He also credited Congress on a bipartisan effort to pass criminal justice reform.

Nashville native Matthew Charles was in the audience. Trump said he is the first inmate to be released from prison under the First Steps Act, which aims to reduce the number of people in prison.

One of the most famous faces for criminal justice reform is Mid-Southerner Alice Marie Johnson.

Johnson was invited to the State of the Union and sat next to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

President Trump commuted Johnson's sentence this summer after Kim Kardashian famously met with him about Johnson's case.

She was sentenced to life in prison for a first time drug offense, and was freed with the president's commutation after 21 years.

"Alice is with us tonight, and she is a terrific woman," Trump said.

President Trump also honored Grace Eline, who was seated next to First Lady Melania Trump.

Eline has raised money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for years, asking for donations for her birthday.

But last year, she became a patient when she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

She's now completed chemotherapy.

Since her fourth birthday, she’s helped raise $40,000 for St. Jude.

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