Newton tree on the way to Gov’s man­sion

The Covington News - - The second front - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

With a mix­ture of sad­ness and ex­cite­ment, JoAnn Sims watched state work­ers cut down her 35-foot-tall, 3,800-pound red cedar tree and haul it to the Gover­nor’s Man­sion Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“ I’m very ex­cited. I’ve never seen some­thing like this be­fore,” Sims said, as she watched Ge­or­gia Forestry Com­mis­sioner work­ers hoist her tree onto a flat bed truck. “ But I thought at one point I might cry.”

The tree will be placed in front of the Gover­nor’s Man­sion, and will be dec­o­rated with 45,000 lights for the an­nual light­ing cer­e­mony at 6: 30 p. m. Dec. 5 at 391 West Paces Ferry Road N. W. in At­lanta. Sims said she’s ex­cited to see the tree she planted 30 years ago find a good home.

Gabriel Khouli/The Cov­ing­ton News

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