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Waynesville statue highlights part of Haywood County history

A statue highlighting a part of Haywood County history now stands in Waynesville. (Photo credit: Town of Waynesville)

A statue highlighting a part of Haywood County history now stands in Waynesville.

"The Plott Hound" was sculpted by Todd Frahm in the mini-park at the Hazelwood Parking Area.

The city began working on the project in 1999 to highlight the dog and its roots in the village of Hazelwood.

T-shirts, cookbooks and notecards are available for purchase to promote the statue, which was dedicated Sunday.

Alderman Jon Feichter noted “this creative piece adds to the wonderful collection we have around the town, and the location of this particular art project will greet citizens and visitors as they come to the village of Hazelwood. The work is a great addition to an area that is continually evolving and we are pleased to be able to showcase another regional artist’s work.”

The Public Art Commission had T-shirts designed and printed identifying Hazelwood as home of the plott hound, which is the state dog.

“I think it’s a nice piece that will become synonymous with Hazelwood in the same way that we had done the banjo players up on Main Street in Waynesville. People are very familiar with that,” Commission Chairman George Kenney said.

Kenney says the Arts Commission plans another sculpture for the Pigeon community of Waynesville.

T-shirts, cookbooks and notecards are available for purchase at the Municipal Building for $10 each.

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