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Knox County is looking to preserve two mature Japanese maple trees at the site of the new Knox County Regional Forensic Center.

The trees have to be removed to complete work on the building near downtown Knoxville.

Instead of cutting them down, Mayor Tim Burchett hopes to preserve the trees by selling them in an online auction through Powell Auction and Realty.

"I hope someone will see the value that these trees could bring to an East Tennessee landscape," said Mayor Burchett. "Rather than cut them down, I thought we should put them up for auction so someone can benefit from having them on their property and the taxpayers can benefit from the additional revenue."

Proceeds will go to the county's general fund.

Bidding is open through May 19th. You can find more information about the auction here.

The forensic center will replace the autopsy center at UT Medical Center. It will serve as the new location for autopsies and forensic investigations across the region.

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