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Smokey to make special appearance at bill signing, making him TN state dog
Posted: 5:53 PM, Aug 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-21 18:53:53-04
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Tennessee mascot, Smokey, runs across the end zone during an NCAA college football game Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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.
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