- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Doughboy statue in Middle Tennessee is likely to get a new home after being repaired.

The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1kG9Fr0) reports the Clarksville Public Arts Commission favors moving the World War I memorial to the Tennessee State Veterans Home when it opens next spring. City officials would have to approve the recommendation before the statue is relocated.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director Mark Tummons said the move seems like a natural fit.

“They are very excited about the possibility, and we think it’s a win, win for everyone,” he said.

A sculptor is repairing a broken hand and replacing the gun on the statue, which has been vandalized multiple times since being restored and rededicated in 2010 in downtown Clarksville.

City leaders have said they want the Doughboy to be better protected in the future and asked the arts commission to make a recommendation on a location.

Tummons said the veterans’ home would meet the guidelines of city officials, who said they wanted a location where the statue will be visible but protected from vandals.

“It will be open to the public but safe and secure as well,” he said. “Plus, it will be lit and taken care of. They will have more than 70 employees always on the (veterans home) campus.”

The veterans’ home in Clarksville will be the fourth in the state.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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