East Tenn. officials working on Sam Houston statue

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Officials in East Tennessee are making progress on a plan erect a statue in honor of Sam Houston, who served as a governor of Tennessee and helped Texas win its independence in the 1800s.

Houston was born in 1793 and moved to Maryville, Tenn., upon the death of his father in 1807.

Joe Emert, who serves on a committee overseeing the project, told The Daily Times Houston's story as an adult has already been told several times and this project will focus on his childhood.

He said a lot of Texas residents already visit the community to see the Sam Houston Schoolhouse, which he set up when he was 19.

Officials say they are still working out details, but hope that the statue can be unveiled in 2015.

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