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Knoxville hosts official state Arbor Day celebration

7:23 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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Knoxville hosted the state's official Arbor Day celebration on Friday.

Students from Nature's Way Montessori School performed a brief program, which included their own tree themed version of the hit song "Call Me Maybe."

The city received the honor of hosting the state's official Arbor Day event because the city's tree board won Tree Board of the Year status in 2012.

"Arbor Day is a day that's set aside to recognize trees and all the contributions trees make to our community. They cool our cities, they clean our air, they help to manage our stormwater, make our community more beautiful," explained David Vandergriff, chairman of the Knoxville Tree Board.

Vandergriff joined us in the Channel 10 studio to talk about National Arbor Day and a new program at Ijams called Notable Trees of Tennessee.

Ijams Nature Center also announced that it has earned Level One Arboretum status. That means the nature center has identified and labeled more than 30 different tree species on its grounds.

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