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Remember the Titans Shooting Locales Around Covington Ga

Racial prejudice, Football, and Denzel Washington. These three very different terms might have no meaning to someone unfamiliar with the iconic American film that “Remember the Titans” grew to be, but to those of us who have watched it, it’s hard for the struggles of the characters so cemented in American culture and socio-politics to not find a way into our hearts and minds. The movie follows the integration of an all-White school with an all-Black school in a Virginian town in 1971 where Football is everything and is seen through the eyes of the Black coach (played by Denzel Washington) who is chosen as Head Coach of the Football team over the previous White coach. It is based on true events, progressing as the boys and men start trusting each other despite their differences to become an excellent team.remember the titans

In any case, chances are that if you went to school at any point after the 2000’s, this movie has been played in one of your classes. It is regarded as a national classic, and for those who appreciate the message of the movie, has a love for football or even a nostalgic feeling for the film then you’ll be glad to learn that some of the movie was filmed in Covington, Georgia.  Covington is the Original “Hollywood of the South”, so getting to know all its nooks and crannies makes for an interesting day out of the house regardless, with many other locales in it to keep you interested- from the haunted houses to the beautiful, antique Square.

Remember the TitansOne of the most recognizable places the film was shot at was at our local Sharp Stadium, where our local high school Football teams still play today and where the team practice scenes as well as some of the beautiful downtown buildings can be seen in this movie.  So, gear up, get ready to chant along to “We are the Titans! The mighty, mighty Titans!” as you go on this eye-opening tour behind the scenes of your favorite movie.

Be sure to make your plans to stop by the Newton County Visitors Center and pick up everything you need to make your visit in Covington a memorable one and you too will be saying #ilovcovga.

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

In the third episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, that originally aired on February 9, 1979 Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane is in “full pursuit” of Bo and Luke (who have no idea why). After the boys elude Roscoe, Enos is hot on the trail, and their tail. The Duke Boys borrowed a car from Cooter and when they looked in the back seat, they realize that it is full of Moonshine (which was Boss Hogg’s). How do they get rid of the offending liquid? By throwing out the bottles during the car chase with Enos. In true Duke style, they outrun him.

After thinking the coast is clear, Bo and Luke happen to see an old friend, Mary Kaye Porter, walking on the road. They ask how she has been, since they have not seen her in a while. Mary Kaye moves her suitcase to reveal that she is pregnant and on her way to Florida. The Dukes, being the Southern gentleman they are, offer to give her a ride. Now the adventure REALLY begins because the Dukes do not realize that the trunk is FILLED with Moonshine.

Meanwhile back at the Boar’s Nest, Boss Hogg worries that his delivery is over two hours late when he gets a visit from Atlanta Crime Boss, Mr McQuaid. He tells Boss Hogg that he is looking for Mary Kaye who has a lot of HIS money ($118,254.37 to be exact). After an apparent “Gentlemens Agreement” we soon realize that there is no honor among thieves. We hear the memorable words of Boss Hogg saying, “I decide who steals what, from who, here is Hazzard County” and sends Sherriff Roscoe to find the Dukes and the MONEY.

Back in the car ride, Mary Kaye tells the Dukes about her former boyfriend, the baby’s father. She explains that he was in prison and worked for Mr. McQuaid, and the money (hidden in her suitcase) was going to be a trust fund for her baby. In quick order, they meet Mr. McQuaid, who tries to take Mary Kaye and the money. The Dukes help her escape but, to amp up the drama, Mary Kaye goes in to labor. The Duke boys quickly whisk her to the safety of Uncle Jesse’s Farm.
At Uncle Jesse’s, Roscoe is now waiting for the Duke Boys and spills the beans about the Moonshine in the trunk. Uncle Jesse and Daisy fool Roscoe…which is not that hard to do. Once the Boys and Mary Kaye arrive, the fun really starts. With Mary Kaye in labor, Uncle Jesse will have to deliver the baby (just as he delivered Bo, Luke and Daisy).

As this is going on, Mr. McQuaid, and his friend have found the Dukes farm and the chase is on. After a brief fist fight at the farm, Enos arrives to help the Dukes take care of Mr.McQuaid, and the Moonshine that is in the trunk (courtesy of a Duke Boys arrow with TNT).

While all this fuss is going on all around them, Mary Kaye gives birth. Unfortunately, the Dukes realize the suitcase with the money was in the car that was blown up.

But good ole Daisy pulls the suitcase, which had been removed from the car before the explosion, from under the bed. The good guys win again and Mary Kaye, her baby, and the Duke family celebrate.

We are so excited that the Dukes of Hazzard called Covington home, filming the first 5 (five) episodes here. We invite you to make your plans to visit us here and see some of the sights from Hazzard, and all the great Film and Television sites here in the ORIGINAL “Hollywood Of The South.”

We are the REAL (REEL) “Hollywood of The South”

It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Our heartbeat is to offer the best public access to previous filming locations of your favorite films and series, while using trusted and vetted partners for tours so that you and your family can have a memorable Hollywood of the South experience. The Newton County Visitor Bureau is the most trusted resource for all of your questions, self-guided historical home and filming location tour maps in addition to recommendations and referrals to our local tour company partners. We take pride in being able to share our hometown and residents with you because they are the ones who can provide fun facts and stories that only a local resident can share. Did I mention that we offer all of that information for FREE!! That’s right; you never have to pay for any of the expertise, referrals, maps or materials designed for the self-guided visitor. A simple phone call, social media message, email or download from our website is all it takes to get those items.

If you are interested in going on a paid tour, we are happy to refer you to our local and trusted tour partners: Vampire Stalkers and Covington Ghost Tours. But if you are looking to enjoy all that Covington has to offer (Hauntings, History, and Hollywood) on your own, stop in and get all of the info you want for FREE from the Visitors Center. So add 2101 Clark Street, Covington, GA 30014, as the first stop of your visit and we look forward to hearing you say #ilovecovga.

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

Yee-haw! Boy, do we miss our Duke boys and their misadventures in Hazzard County, GA. Let’s reminisce about the first season’s second episode, “Daisy’s Song” from the Dukes of Hazzard.

 Daisy Duke has dreams of musical stardom, yet her dream is dimmed when the song she wrote is heard on the radio being sung by a sound a like of Jessi Colter. It turns out thing is a huge scam! Big mistake to wrong Daisy Duke, especially when she gets her cousins involved.

Bo and Luke head to the big city of Atlanta to get to the bottom of the situation, only to find out that Boss Hogg is involved in the con. In addition, the recording studio is a front for a music piracy operation, which Boss is trying to use to build some connections to the Syndicate.

Ahh…nothing like seeing the General Lee heading into Atlanta; what a sight!

The boys hatch a scheme to catch the record pirates red-handed by having Daisy pretend to be a potential client and trick the ringleader, Leslie Starr, into believing she can imitate a number of real-life artists.

Of course, Bo and Luke crush the operation and save Daisy’s song. It also turns out that the boys have arranged for Jessi Colter to actually record Daisy’ song.

purchase Lyrica in canada Cool Fact: We learn why the boys climb through the windows of the General Lee. The doors are wielded shut.

Until next time Duke fans!

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Did you watch Dolly Parton’s, Christmas of Many Colors last year? Don’t fret. NBC will be showing this highly popular movie again on December 27th. With its groundbreaking success last year, NBC decided to show this film again. Dolly Parton even confirmed the exciting news Wednesday afternoon. Grab your loved ones and the hot cocoa for this special screening of Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

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This inspiring film centers on Dolly’s Christmas in 1955. Covington locals were delighted to have film crews come back for the sequel of Coat of Many Colors. This sequel displays the struggles and triumphs the Parton family went through during a cold, brutal winter in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Family patriarch, Lee Parton made sacrifices to have enough money to buy Avie Lee a wedding ring that he could never afford to give to her. Even the children sacrificed their own Christmas presents to help their father give this special gift.

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The family’s faith is tested during this Christmas season. Yet, little Dolly shines in this story. She performs with her guitar around the downtown square (the Covington square) to make money for her mother’s Christmas gift. Her spitfire attitude and sassy remarks create comedic relief, especially during the emotional scenes.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will make you laugh and ball like a baby. The take away from this film is to never give up on the most treasured things in life such as, family, friends, and even your faith.

Tune in next Wednesday night to watch this Christmas classic!


Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

It’s no secret that Covington, Ga is the real Mystic Falls. People travel from all over to visit Covington to see where The Vampire Diaries was filmed and take memorable pictures. I bet you didn’t realize that in several episodes Dixie Manor was used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s Mansion. If you did know that, then kudos to you!

If you’re not a die-hard TVD fan, it is okay! We will go over some background information to catch you up. Rebekah Mikaelson is one of the five Original Vampires who is featured in multiple seasons. She is also one of the main characters in the spin off series, The Originals. Her brother, Klaus, constantly influences her actions. She desires to live a normal human life, instead of being immortal.

Dixie Manor was first seen as Rebekah’s house in episode three, “The Rager”, of season four when Rebekah decided to move out of Klaus’s mansion after a very heated argument. She couldn’t stand to live with her brother any longer so she decided to get her own mansion. In this same episode, Rebekah throws a party for herself and other students, who attend Mystic Falls High School. Rebekah only throws this party to help her not feel alone anymore.

Dixie Manor is also seen in season four episode eleven “Catch Me if You Can.” Looking for a new ally, Rebekah reminds Stefan of how close they once were. One thing leads to another and they end up having a steamy love connection in one of the bedrooms of the mansion. I guess Stefan is over Elena, after all.

Despite all the fighting that has been going on between Elena and Rebekah during season four, Rebekah offers a truce to Elena because she feels bad that Jeremy died. Elena turns her humanity off due to her grief and ends up living with Rebekah in her home for a brief time in season four episode nineteen, “Pictures of You.”


10 Reasons Why Georgia is Great for Film

10 Reasons Why Georgia is Great for Film

Georgia has become a major hot bed for film productions in the past years and it is continuing to grow rapidity. Over the summer, Governor Nathan Deal announced that film and TV productions brought in over $9 Billion Dollars in economic impact in 2017. Just in the past year, over 300 film/television productions were shot in Georgia. In honor of our outstanding growth in the film industry, we are bringing you 10 reasons why Georgia is great for film.

go here 1. Film incentives
It is said that Georgia has one of the best film incentive programs in the US. Georgia offers a 20% tax rebate for productions shot in the state with an additional 10% for those who include the Georgia “Peach State” logo in its credits.

http://oceanadesigns.net/images/granite/giallo-argento/giallo-argento.jpg 2. Geographical features
From the skyscrapers downtown, to the plains, and all the way up to the mountains in North Georgia, the peach state is the perfect backlot for filming. If you need the hustle and bustle of the city, go to Atlanta, or if you need sandy beaches go to Savannah. Georgia’s southern cities have an old-fashion southern charm with an ample amount of historic homes perfect for filming. With Georgia’s diverse geography, film productions have a variety of diverse backdrops to choose from.

3. The Hollywood of the South
Covington, GA, known as “The Hollywood of the South” has long been THE ideal place for film production companies across the nation. Tourists flock to this small town for its rich film history. TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and most recently The Vampire Diaries, helped put Covington on the map. Also, many films have been produced in our quaint town. Covington has become the crown jewel of Georgia.

4. Home to CNN, TBS, CN
It’s no secret that Atlanta is home to CNN, TBS and Cartoon Network. With these major television broadcasting system’s headquarters ‘ as our next-door neighbor it makes filming a lot easier.

5. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Another perk of filming in Georgia is having access to the world’s busiest airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers over 100 domestic and international destinations. Having the Atlanta airport at your fingertips makes traveling easier for film production crews moving in and out the state.

6. Less Extreme Weather
Even though Georgia has unpredictable weather, it’s not extreme like other states. With Georgia’s mild winters and temperate climate, you can shoot anytime for almost any scene. In the wintertime, if you need some green scenery, stop by Savannah Georgia where the foliage remains greens all year around.

7. Less Expensive Amenities
Its already expensive enough to shoot a movie but when it comes to amenities, Georgia is less expensive. Restaurants, supermarkets, transportation, utilities, rent, and more are much more affordable in Georgia. According to Shofur Technologies, food is 8% cheaper and entertain is 17% cheaper compared to Los Angeles. So, by shooting in Georgia your saving some extra bucks when it comes to feeding and housing your crew.

8. Local Universities
In Georgia, there are some local universities who are currently training new and better film crewmembers. Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, Ga, offers degrees in film, video, and digital imaging. GSU alumni have seen the success of the film industry and are involved with many projects. Also, the University of Georgia offers similar opportunities with their studies in video production, screenwriting, and digital media.

9. Economic Growth
Earlier stated in this blog, we said Nathan Deal announced that film and television productions generated over $9 billion in economic impact. Because so many movies are being filmed here and they are doing well in the box office, this sets an example and makes others want to film their movie or television shows here. Television productions, like The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead have become HUGE hits and their filming locations are as well.

10.Film Studios
In addition to the new Three Rings Studio being built in Covington, GA, the state of Georgia has a huge amount of studio space and sound stages. Some popular studios in Georgia are Pinewood Studios, Blackhall Studios, and Tyler Perry Studios. With so much studio space, and more being built, Georgia can have multiple film productions in the works simultaneously.

From Podcast to Production: Stream the Amazon Series Lore

From Podcast to Production: Stream the Amazon Series Lore

Have you had the chance to stream the incredible Amazon series, Lore? Based on the popular podcast, this Amazon original series uncovers the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. With just six 40 minute episodes, you can binge watch this series quickly!

Lore follows the podcasts anthology format with each episode featuring a new story. The series combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to reveal horror legends and their origins. Lore gives us more insight on the monsters we thought we knew. The freaky tales might give you nightmares, so beware.

Critics and fans praised Lore! We can honestly ALL agree on the fact that we wanted more episodes than just six. However, audiences still can enjoy re-watching these episodes and if they want more, they can even listen to the podcast series.

You know what is even better? Three of the episodes of Lore were filmed in Newton County. These certain episodes featured filming locations used from other TV shows and movies filmed in Newton County. For example, in the episode “They Made a Tonic” audiences will notice the same cemetery used in the extremely popular show, The Vampire Diaries.

If you are into werewolves, then watch the fifth episode, “The Beast Within.” This episode was filmed entirely in Porterdale, Ga. This episode even scared me, especially the opening scene! Werewolves may be movie monsters today, yet in 1589, villagers in Bedburg, Germany were convinced that they were plagued by a werewolf. Watch the episode to find out if this is true…

Anyone interested or intrigued by the origins of medical methods for mental illness should watch “Echoes.” Dr. Walter Freeman is known as the father of the icepick lobotomy. He had good intentions to help put an end to all mental hospitals, but it wound up creating an entirely new kind of horror story. This episode will make you cringe, for sure!

Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and body snatchers…oh my! Stream Lore to learn more about different folklores we have all known and heard throughout the ages.

Covington Courthouse-Jail & Sheriff Forbes Office From TVD

Covington Courthouse-Jail & Sheriff Forbes Office From TVD

Did you know that our very own courthouse was used frequently in The Vampire Diaries? Covington’s beautiful, historic courthouse was the location for Mystic Falls jail and Sheriff Forbes office. Shall we look back on some of the iconic moments where the courthouse is featured in episodes?

In the first season, how can we forget the most epic scene, where Damon jumps off the tower? In “162 candles,” the courthouse is featured when Damon arrives to the sheriff’s department to drop off a box of vervain to Sheriff Forbes. The most important episode of the season, Founder’s Day, Sheriff Forbes finds out the Founder’s Council went behind her back and are planning to kill all the vampires in Mystic Falls. John Gilbert knocks her out and handcuffs her to the fireplace locking her in her office. Yep, John Gilbert finally shows his true colors!

Unfortunately, the courthouse doesn’t appear in the second season until the very last episode As I Lay Dying. Carol Lockwood tells Sheriff Forbes how unhappy she is with her and the lack of progress in getting rid of all the vampires in town. This shows how Elizabeth is on two different sides. Sheriff Forbes locks Elena in jail cell and says it is for her safety, but Elena escapes to save Damon. She actually broke a window with a chair to escape. You go girl!

Season three is a complicated season. The courthouse “Mystic Falls police station” is only shown in three episodes. After Caroline’s father learns that she is a vampire, he tortures Caroline in a jail cell in Disturbing Behavior. I know we all agree that Caroline’s dad has got some MAJOR issues…

The heart pounding episode, Catch Me if You Can from season four left us in a rollercoaster of emotions. The courthouse appears in this episode when Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Hopkins take Atticus Shane in for questioning, about his involvement in the Founder’s Council deaths. Fun fact: This episode had about 2.71 million viewers in the USA. AND the hashtag used during the airing was #RaisingTheStakes because TVD writers were really raising the stakes with the plot!

Covington’s clock tower is yet again seen in the episode Dead Man on Campus. No, it isn’t Damon jumping this time, it’s Katherine. She decides to jump off the clock tower and Stefan saves her. He reminds her, “You’re Katherine Pierce, suck it up.” This is another reason why we love Stefan so much.


In the episode, I’d Leave My Happy Home for You, Elena and Damon jump off the tower together. Seriously…what is up with these people and jumping off towers?? However, if I were a vampire, I would probably jump off a tower too just for fun. We all know it wouldn’t harm me. This scene is very important because this is the last episode where a Petrova Doppelganger will use vampire abilities. Also, this scene shows how truly in love Damon and Elena are with each other. Delena forever!

Let’s talk about how awesome it was to see Matt be promoted to Sheriff in season seven’s, Requiem for a Dream. Matt has always been the sweetest guy with a good heart. He totally deserved to be Mystic Falls new sheriff! Finally, in season eight we see our beloved clock tower again and for the last time! In We’re Planning a June Wedding and I Was Feeling Epic; Vicki Donovan rings the Founder’s bell inside the Mystic Falls clock tower.

We hoped you enjoyed reminiscing and looking back at these iconic moments where our one of a kind clock tower was featured in episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

An Inside Look at the First Episode of Dukes of Hazzard: One Armed Bandits


“Welcome to Hazzard County!”

Who misses following the action-packed adventures of Bo and Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard? We sure do! Since the very first episode, “One Armed Bandits,” audiences fell madly in love with these country boys and their heart-racing car chasing scenes. Even though this idolized show has ended, we can still reflect on the hilarious moments together. Especially to take a gander at the famous classic orange 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed, “The General Lee.”



The Dukes of Hazzard’s pilot episode “One Armed Bandits,” opens to cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke chasing down Sheriff Rosco Coltrane’s patrol car. Little did they know that Cooter Davenport had stolen the Sheriff’s vehicle. Plot twist! He wrecks the patrol car and they all discover the Sheriff’s car is full of illegal slot machines. Cooter explains to Bo and Luke that Rosco is bringing the illegal slots into Hazzard County to fund his re-election.

Some Duke fans may spot a familiar face in this pilot episode-Dennis Haskins, who played the part of Moss. Most people know him as Bayside’s beloved principal from Saved by the Bell. He was also, featured in other episodes in different roles.

Bo and Luke devise a plan to hijack a truckload of the illegal slot machines heading to Hazzard County and use the proceeds to donate to the local orphanage. Now you may think, “Good, they’re messing up Rosco’s chance for re-election!” but that’s not quite what happens…they actually donate the proceeds in his name to ensure his re-election and stop the corrupt opponent.

Good ole, Rosco tries to nail the boys and their pretty cousin Daisy for stealing his slots, but he was too late. The proceeds were already in the orphanage bank account. To make matters worse…or better…they donated the funds in his name, thus securing his re-election. Talk about some major brownie points for that ole dirty rascal…I mean…Rosco!

The Duke boys were with us in Covington Georgia for seven seasons and we all wished they stayed with us longer. It’s a good thing that they will be a little bit closer to us than you think. The Hollywood of the South TV & Film Museum [the very first in Georgia] will be adding a part from the Dukes of Hazzard series very soon. So, y’all don’t need to fret! What an amazing tribute to this Southern classic TV series. Stay tuned…