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High school freshman starts live Christmas tree business

Tanner Owens, a 14-year-old freshman at Lauderdale County High School, has founded a business venture offering live Christmas trees direct to the public.

Tanner is the son of Brock and Leslie Owens.

Leslie says Tanner had the goal of starting his own business about a year ago. She said the concept of a seasonal business selling live Christmas trees was his idea.

Fraser firs are native to the Appalachian Mountains, growing naturally in areas of southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.

Tanner says his selection of 3-9 foot live Fraser firs are procured directly from a tree farm in North Carolina.

The Tree Lot is set to have its grand opening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22) on County Road 606, Rogersville, just south U.S. Highway 72 and west of the Elk River Bridge.

Tanner says he will also be offering wreaths/garlands, bows and stands, plus optional flocking (covering in white synthetic powder) of trees and wreaths.

The Tree Lot will be open on weekends through the holiday season (Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays noon – 4 p.m.).

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