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Blackburn's Clarksville office reopens after suspicious package

Sign posted outside Rep. Blackburn's office Sign posted outside Rep. Blackburn's office

The Clarksville office of Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has reopened a day after an evacuation prompted by a suspicious letter.

The office was evacuated Monday afternoon after a staff member discovered a suspicious envelope in the incoming mail.

Clarksville police said they sent the suspicious envelope to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but a TBI spokeswoman said the letter had been sent to the state Department of Health.

A spokesman at the Health Department did not immediately return messages seeking an update on the envelope's contents.

No injuries were reported, and a sign posted on the staircase leading to the second-story office Monday said two businesses on the same floor were also closed. However, a bank located on the first story of the building remained open Monday afternoon.

"Anytime, especially if it's somebody in the position she's in, we want to take proper precautions just to make sure there's nothing in there that would hurt somebody," said Clarksville police spokeswoman Ofc. Natalie Hall.

In a statement to Channel 4 News, a Blackburn spokeswoman said:

"These are divisive times. While every citizen is entitled to their opinion and their first amendment right to voice their concerns, they are not afforded the right to disruption and personal harm. However hot the rhetoric, there should never be a reason to resort to a threat of violence as a means to convey your concerns."

None of the other offices for Tennessee's congressional delegation has reported receiving anything suspicious Monday, but some - like Nashville Rep. Jim Cooper - no longer accept unsolicited mail to their local offices. Instead, all their mail is now processed and scanned at a facility near Washington.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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