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High Winds Topple State Capitol Christmas Tree

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – High winds have toppled the state Capitol Christmas tree, but state officials aren't letting the incident dampen their holiday spirit – they are looking for another one.

Capitol facilities supervisor Kenny Crowson said one of his employees called him around 4 a.m. Wednesday and told him the tree had fallen in front of the Capitol. Crowson said the top part of the tree appeared to be broken and that its lights were still burning. He said there was minor damage to railing at the Capitol.

Crowson said the tree was secured in three places by hooks in the concrete, but the high winds apparently caused them to give way. He said it may take a few days, but officials are looking for another tree and will make sure it's secured better.

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