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With the help of his children, Knoxville, Tenn., resident Matt Harris put the finishing touches on his dream treehouse on Father’s Day.

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Matt Harris

With the help of his children, Knoxville, Tenn., resident Matt Harris put the finishing touches on his dream treehouse on Father’s Day.

Matt Harris

For years, Matt Harris dreamed about building a treehouse out behind his back fence in Knoxville, Tenn. He never got around to it, though, until the pandemic hit.

“It was just a matter of finding time,” Harris says. “And that didn’t come until everything kind of shut down for a little bit.”

When the coronavirus canceled youth sports for the season, Harris suddenly found his weekends free. And his children — ages 8, 7 and 4 — made a willing construction crew.

“They were good measurers and markers of the wood,” Harris says. “You don’t let

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