Former Tennessee Lt. Gov. Wilder hospitalized, released

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder was released Monday from a hospital after five days of treatment for pneumonia.

The 86-year-old Mason Democrat had been admitted to a hospital last Wednesday.

Family members told party officials that Wilder has been on antibiotics and that he's been able to walk around.

Wilder, known for his rambling storytelling during his 36 years as Senate speaker, lost the job last January to Sen. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.

Legislative colleagues of Wilder said they're confident he'll make a speedy recovery because he's always taken care of his health.

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