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State Christmas Tree Comes From Nashville Yard

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Charles Ellis, donated State Christmas Tree Charles Ellis, donated State Christmas Tree

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- With the Thanksgiving Holiday here, people are already making plans for Christmas including the State of Tennessee. This 45 foot Norway Spruce lived in Antioch for the last 50 years.

Charles Ellis planted the tree in the mid 1960s. For the last 50 years it has lived in his yard at his home on Haywood Lane near Antioch.

Crews went out Wednesday to cut it down. It's going to be the State Christmas Tree set up at the Capitol.

Charles Ellis said the tree was already 5 feet tall when he planted it.

"I am completely without words to describe... that I would ever thought that this tree would go to the Capitol to be the Christmas Tree. I am happy that is going rather than being butchered later own from the power lines," said Ellis.

"If you notice the new growth on the ends, it's getting ready to touch wires, once they do they'll cause a short circuit, and the electric company will have to come out and trim it very vigorously. Then it won't be the same tree again. We were able to get it and utilize it before that happens," said Ryan Dias, state horticulturist.

The homeowner donated the tree to the state. Something that size would have cost thousands of dollars to buy. We're told the previous horticulturist for the state stopped by on one of those hot days last summer to talk about making the tree on Haywood Lane the state Christmas Tree.

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