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Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history
Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The city of Covington, better know as the Hollywood of the South, is about to unveil a project similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Covington Walk of Stars will feature concrete pavers with the names of actors and productions filmed in Newton County. Over the years, the town and its picturesque square have been transformed into Hazzard County for the popular TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard"; Sparta, Miss., for "In the Heat of the Night"; and, most recently, Mystic Falls, Va., for "The Vampire Diaries."

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Dozens of major films also feature scenes shot in Covington, including My Cousin Vinny, Sweet Home Alabama, Remember the Titans, Madea's Family Reunion, the 2011 remake of Footloose and the new blockbuster Flight.

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The city's longtime TV and film history has created or sustained hundreds of jobs and brought millions of dollars to the area, according to the 2011 Tourism Economic Impact Report.

The first pavers on the Covington Walk of Stars will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Stop by Square Park to see the project.