Knoxville sees fewer rooftop Christmas trees this season

1:12 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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City sees fewer Knoxville rooftop Christmas trees this season

For many years, the Knoxville skyline has shined a little brighter during the holidays thanks to hundreds of rooftop Christmas trees.

However, this season the number of trees raised as part of "Up on the Rooftop" has declined, leaving the city a little less "sparkly."

In past years, the annual display has totaled 500 or more trees, while this year city officials estimate around 350. Judith Foltz of the city's special events said her department promoted the event no differently, but suggested the drop could be due to a number of factors. Those include the expense to install a tree for participating businesses or building construction at different sites.

Foltz said the department plans to take additional measures next holiday season to re-energize the tree tradition.

Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center has installed rooftop trees since the 1960s, including this year.

"I think it's a great tradition," said Julie Doughetry from the hospital's public relations department.

"Everyone uses different colors, different sizes, and it just kind of follows you all the way down the interstate while you're driving," she said.

Dougherty hopes next season other businesses will try again.

"I hope they revisit doing the trees," she said. "It really does bring a lot of joy to the people going up and down the interstate, especially when everyone's so frazzled and everyone is looking for a glimmer of Christmas cheer. It definitely delivers that."

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