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Haslams Light Christmas Tree At State Capitol

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, lit the Christmas tree at the state Capitol on Monday evening.

The tree was strung with about 6,000 bulbs and more than 200 ornaments. The University of Tennessee's Institute of Agricultures supplied the 55-foot Norway spruce from the Cumberland Forest in Morgan County.

The tree was originally planted three decades ago as a part of a study into growing growing Christmas tree crops on strip mines. When that study ended in 1985, the tree was moved to stand next to the institute's headquarters near Oliver Springs.

The tree needed to come down because it was blocking sunlight to a nearby research project on hardwood specifies.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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