Governor Haslam, First Lady light Christmas tree at capitol - WKRN News 2

Governor Haslam, First Lady light Christmas tree at state capitol

Posted: Updated: Dec 2, 2013 06:34 PM CST

Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, hosted a Christmas tree lighting event at the state Capitol on Monday evening.

The University of Tennessee's Institute of Agricultures supplied the 30-foot Norway spruce from the Cumberland Forest in Morgan County.

The tree is strung with about 6,000 bulbs and more than 200 ornaments.

The tree was originally planted three decades ago as a part of a study into 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 tree lighting event ran from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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