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"Hollywood of the South" Covington unveils Walk of Stars

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The Covington Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its Walk of Stars.

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Covington is celebrating almost 60 years of television and film productions by unveiling a new "Walk of Stars" around the downtown square. 

PHOTOS | Movies made in the "Hollywood of the South"

"We thought this would be a great tourism tool for us to get more foot traffic downtown," said Clara Deemer with the Covington Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "We've been in the cameras since 1954. We're not camera shy by any means.

Filming for the fourth season of "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW Network is currently underway in Covington, which doubles as Mystic Falls, Va., in the popular series.

"The Dukes of Hazard" was the first TV series shot in Covington and Newton County in the 1970's, followed by the police drama "In the Heat of the Night."

They're part of a long TV and film history that's helped Covington earn the trademarked nickname "Hollywood of the South."

It's a history that's being marked with 41 concrete pavers that will make up the Walk of Stars, Covington's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The pavers will feature actors and titles of more than 60 movies and TV series filmed in the area.

At least two will go in front of the CPA office, which doubles as the Mystic Grill in "The Vampire Diaries."

The Newton County courthouse will get a "Footloose" paver for a courtroom scene that was shot upstairs.

The Covington Convention and Visitor's Bureau came up with the idea to appeal to tourists and honor an industry that's propped up the local economy.

"We're getting visitors from everywhere," Deemer said. "They come into our community. They spend the night. They shop. They eat with us, and that's what's helping our economy."

The complete Walk of Stars will be installed within about three weeks.

Here's a list of some of the movies and TV shows filmed in Covington and Newton County: "A Man Called Peter," "Flight," "Miss Evers' Boys," "Cannonball Run," "Remember the Titans," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Bobby Jones," "Friday the 13th," "American Reunion," "My Cousin Vinny" and "Madea's Family Reunion."

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