Construction clears governor, staff out of Capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has relocated to temporary office space while the state Capitol gets renovated.

The governor and his staff of about 35 have moved to the 27th floor of the Tennessee Tower across the street while the work is completed. The about $15 million project is scheduled to completed in December.

The work on the 150-year-old building includes upgrades and repairs to heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Also affected by the Capitol renovations are the offices of the House and Senate clerks and the state's treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state.

Construction fencing is going up around the Capitol grounds, and all public entrances will be locked for the duration of the project.

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