Smokey to make special appearance at bill signing, making him TN state dog

Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 18:53:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Lawmakers passed a bill, making the Bluetick Coonhound the state dog of Tennessee.

NewsChannel 5 has learned that Smokey, the beloved University of Tennessee mascot, will visit the capitol Thursday.

The hound will be there for the signing of the bill, which makes him one of the most import dogs in the state.

Even though the Bluetick was just recently named the state dog, it's had a strong connection to Tennessee since 1953 when the University of Tennessee picked a Bluetick Coonhound as their mascot.