Bluetick coonhound becomes official state dog as Smokey X plays starring role

By Updated: August 22, 2019 4:31 PM CT | Published: August 22, 2019 4:31 PM CT

University of Tennessee mascot Smokey X almost refused to look at Gov. Bill Lee, an Auburn graduate, Thursday before a bill-signing ceremony designating the bluetick coonhound as the official state dog.

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Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard is a Nashville-based reporter with more than 30 years of journalism experience as a writer, editor and columnist covering the state Legislature and Tennessee politics for The Daily Memphian.


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