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State event honors victims of violent crime

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The 10th annual Tennessee Season to Remember -- honoring victims of violent crime -- will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in downtown Nashville.

Due to renovations at the State Capitol, it will be held this year at First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam will host the event.

Families and friends of victims who have lost their lives to violent crime are invited to attend and hang ornaments in memory of their loved ones on memorial wreaths. The wreaths will be moved to the Tennessee Tower state building and remain on display throughout the holiday season.


Former First Lady Andrea Conte will be the guest speaker. Conte started the annual holiday tradition to honor victims of violent crime at the State Capitol in 2002. The former first lady, also a violent crime victim, is founder and president of You Have the Power...Know How to Use It, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy and education for crime victims and preventative education.

Sen. Charlotte Burks of Monterey will also make remarks. Sen. Burks' husband, the late Sen. Tommy Burks, was murdered in 1998.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Board of Parole, the Tennessee Department of Correction, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Attorney General and Reporter, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and the Tennessee Department of Treasury organized this year's event.

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