NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The new state Capitol Christmas tree has arrived in Downtown Nashville. The previous tree was toppled by high winds on Wednesday.
Crews worked most of the early afternoon to put the tree in place. Officials said the new 25-foot fir will be held with stronger and larger hooks, so it will not fall. There are plans to decorate the tree on Monday. High Winds Topple State Capitol Christmas Tree
The tree came from a Fairview family who told state officials it had grown too large and blocked the family's satellite dish.
The state received several calls from people willing to donate.
Ralph Ramos, a security guard who passes by the state capitol every day, said people need to see the tree back up where it belongs.
"Especially with the way the economy is. Money is short for everybody and it's just kind of good to go up there and see the Christmas spirit all the time," said Ramos.
Governor Phil Bredesen even came out to check on the status of the tree.
"It's a little embarassing to have your Christmas tree fall down, but we'll get the lights back on it and get some ornaments on it," said Bredesen.
Several bags of salt were placed at the base of the new tree to increase stability.