Flags flying again on Tenn. capitol after cupola project finished

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Flags are flying once again on top of the Tennessee State Capitol. 

They were down from the spot nearly a year while the highest part of the building received a facelift. 

State officials said the nearly year-long $2.3 million project came in ahead of schedule and under budget. 

Dave Roberson of the Tennessee State General Services Department watched what’s been happening on top of the capitol for much of the last 12 months. 

At the exact time crews hoisted the U.S. and Tennessee flags on top of the capitol Monday morning, the flags that took their place for nearly a year came down from their temporary spot on the side of the capitol. 

It’s all because of the project where the capitol’s cupola was wrapped in scaffolding with daring young men taking down the ornate rusty pieces at the building’s highest point. 

“It’s been outside for 70 years,” said Roberson. “It did not look good. As you can tell now, and before it went back up, there and down here on the ground. It’s really had an impressive facelift.” 

A 300-foot crane finished off the job, taking the cupola’s ornate parts down and then recently putting them back up again, which include the place for the flags to fly. 

Pictures from the late 1950s show the last time the original pieces were refurbished and ironically, the same company that did the facelift back then did it again this past year. 

State officials hope the refurbished cupola will last another 50 years, if not longer. 

Monday night, the state capitol shows off its new LED lights that were also part of the project. 

They will turn the top of capitol turquois to raise awareness for the American Lung Association. 

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