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Envelope containing powdery substance discovered in Tennessee capitol

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - An envelope addressed to Gov. Phil Bredesen that was suspected to contain a powdery substance was discovered in the Tennessee State Capitol mailroom Thursday, officials said.

The envelope, which was not opened, carried a return postal address that matched the Texas address on suspicious envelopes received earlier this week by other governors around the country.

Homeland Security and Tennessee Department of Safety officials quickly removed the envelope from the building, and sent it to a state laboratory for testing.

Along with Tennessee, similar envelopes were received at governor's offices Thursday in South Carolina and Georgia.

Officials said Thursday one envelope was opened in the office of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Another was found in a mailroom at the Georgia Capitol but there was no evacuation.

One of Sanford's offices was evacuated but rooms down the hall were not.

A spokesman for the Georgia governor said he did not know to whom that envelope was addressed.

Envelopes containing suspicious powder have been received this week by governor's offices in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Texas.

Officials in some of those states said the powder was flour, corn starch or some other harmless food substance.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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