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State Capitol hit with more vandalism

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The State Capitol has been hit with more vandalism. Just last month, vandals spray painted graffiti on the outside of the building. This time, you might be surprised by what we found and where we found it.

After we got a tip and a picture of what appears to be the initials of State Representative Julia Hurley carved into her house floor desk we went to check things out for ourselves and sure enough it was there just like the picture showed J.C.H. marked on the desk.

The first-time Republican legislator is no stranger to controversy. You may remember the 29-year-old freshman lawmaker from East Tennessee caught quite a bit of flack for being a former Hooters girl.

Then back in January of this year Hurley had a run in with a state trooper.

She went back and forth with the trooper for about 15 minutes after she was pulled over for speeding. She later apologized for the incident.

But Rep. Hurley's desk wasn't the only one defaced. We decided to investigate every desk on the House floor Friday looking for more initials.

We found the word "Houston" on Representative Tim Wirgau's desk, a dollar sign on Rep. Dennis Powers's territory, what appears to be the initials W.M. on Rep. Janis Sontany's desk, and an "A" on Rep. Sheila Butt's desk.

As we mentioned, this isn't the first time the Capitol has been vandalized, so it's important to note we don't know who carved the initials on Hurley's desk or who is responsible for the markings on the other lawmakers' desks, or how long the carvings have been there. Legislators do switch desks periodically.

We called and emailed Representative Hurley for comment on this story as well as the other lawmakers who also had carvings on their desk. But, so far they have not gotten back to us. We will let you know when they do.

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