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Dates Set for Annual Tree Plantings Honoring Crime Victims

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 05:06am

NASHVILLE --- Three Tennessee criminal justice agencies are partnering to plant trees in honor of crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6 - 12.

This year, the Tennessee Board of Parole, the Department of Correction and TRICOR are sponsoring events in eight different communities across the state. They are Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Bristol and Clarksville.

Board Chairman Richard Montgomery said, “We encourage everyone who is interested in supporting crime victims to attend the ceremony nearest them. Each event lasts only about 30 minutes, and each tree gets a special marker that provides a lasting reminder of why it was planted.” 

The events raise awareness about the importance of victim input in all stages of the criminal justice system. At each event, a local victim advocate will also be honored for providing outstanding service to victims of crime.

This is the sixth year of the ceremonies, and during that time, almost five dozen trees have been planted in state and local parks, as well as at law enforcement offices, social services agencies, courthouses and other locations. A complete schedule of events is on page 2 of this release. 


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