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Nashville organizer sorry for cherry tree uproar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The leader of a Nashville organizing group for this month's NFL draft has apologized about initial plans to cut 21 ornamental cherry trees to make room for the event. The plans caused an uproar before they were modified.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. CEO Butch Spyridon said cutting them down would be "wrong," and they "heard the public outcry loud and clear."

The Tennessean reports that Spyridon said current plans now call for 10 trees to be moved intact to make room. He says they'll be moved "as safely as possible." Critics have their doubts.

Spyridon said the downtown cherry trees "have become a part of the cultural life of our city."

Nashville's annual Cherry Blossom Festival is set for April 13. The NFL draft takes place in Nashville April 25-27.