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O' Christmas tree is here

A coordinated effort by McMinnville Public Works, Caney Fork Electric and Superior Walls brought in the tree that will adorn downtown over the holiday season.
“It is probably one of the best formed trees we have had,” said McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock. “It’s a cedar tree and it’s wide.”
The tree is approximately 27 feet tall and weighs 3,800 pounds. It was donated by Dot McGee.
“I took care of that little old tree since it came up,” said McGee. “I trimmed it and cared for it. It does look pretty out there. My daughter and the grand babies took their picture in front of it yesterday because they wanted a picture before it was removed.”
Fear of a less ceremonious removal by the electric company is why the tree was donated to the city.
“I was looking for the electric company to cut it down anyway,” said McGee. “It is really close to the power lines. This way, it will have a purpose and other people can enjoy it for a little while. It’s shaped pretty, just like a Christmas tree.”
Given its proximity to electrical lines, Caney Fork Electric assisted in its removal from the residence.
“The tree was so close to the power lines that we didn’t want to risk trying to remove it without assistance from Caney Fork Electric,” said Brock.
Public Works employees removed the tree and shaved the base to fit a sleeve in the ground at The Lot. The sleeve is used to hold the tree upright and stationary until January.
Superior Walls, as it does every year, used one of its trucks to hoist the tree onto the back of the trailer and again from the trailer to its new home on Court Square.
“We want to thank the owners of Superior Walls for their continued support in helping us bring the tree downtown, as well as Caney Fork for their assistance,” said Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee.
The tree will be decorated by Junior Auxiliary for its Christmas in the Park event and lit immediately following the Christmas Parade on Dec. 1.


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