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April 19, 2014

April 19th From 11am-1pm Come Meet Ben “Cooter” Jones at Cooter’s In Nashville, TN

We will be cutting line at 12pm/Noon. Please arrive before noon if you would like to meet “Cooter”

Start: April 19, 2014
End: April 19, 2014
Venue: Cooter's Nashville
Phone: 615-872-8358
Address:

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2613-B McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, United States

April 15, 2014

APRIL 15TH – APRIL 20TH Rick Hurst “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg

Start: April 15, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
Venue: Cooter's Gatlinburg
Phone: 865-430-9909
Address:

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542 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738

April 5, 2014

April 5th Ben “Cooter” Jones at GULLFEST Car Show at Beaufort County Community College

For more info: rcalligood@yahoo.com or  252-402-2434

Start: April 5, 2014
End: April 5, 2014
Venue: Beaufort County Community College
Phone: 252-402-2434
Address:

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5337 Hwy 264, Washington, NC, United States

March 15, 2014

March 15th From 11am-1pm Come Meet Ben “Cooter” Jones at Cooter’s In Gatlinburg, TN

 

Photo: This is why we do this y'all! One of the many new fans!!!
Start: March 15, 2014
End: March 15, 2014
Venue: Cooter's Gatlinburg
Phone: 865-430-9909
Address:

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542 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738

February 22, 2014

FEB 22TH 11am-1pm Come Meet Ben “Cooter” Jones at Cooter’s In Nashville, TN

Start: February 22, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
Venue: Cooter's Nashville
Phone: 615-872-8358
Address:

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2613-B McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, United States, 37214

January 1, 2014

JERSEY SHORE IN THE SOUTH? NO THANKS

JERSEY SHORE IN THE SOUTH? NO THANKS

We’ve heard from a lot of folks who are pretty upset that CMT is running commercials for a show called “Party Down South” during the new HD airings of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” As much as we all appreciate CMT bringing “The Dukes” back on, it is obvious that this piece of sleaze (set in South Carolina) doesn’t belong anywhere impressionable kids can see it. It seems to me that it mocks the South I know and love, and that it attempts to portray Southern young people in the worst way possible.  Surely someone at CMT’s parent organization in New Jersey should know better than to foist a truly offensive show like this (by the creators of “Jersey Shore”) into the faces of America’s country music fans. We are mostly citizens of the Heartland, where this extreme kind of self-destructive behavior is in direct contrast to “The Dukes of Hazzard”, a show that is trusted by America’s families.

You might want to let them know how you feel about it. Networks need to know how their viewers feel about their programming.

“Just sayin’, is all.”

Ben Jones aka “Cooter”

Photo: PRESS RELEASE 		               “COOTER” BLASTS CMT FOR “PARTY DOWN SOUTH”   	Former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones, who played “Cooter” the mechanic on the classic TV comedy “The Dukes Of Hazzard”, today blasted Country Music Television (CMT) for airing promotions for the “reality” show “Party Down South” during showings of “The Dukes”. 	“Our show has been a family favorite for thirty-five years”, says Jones. “There are maybe a million kids watching it on CMT every night. But at every commercial break those kids are being exposed to some of the sleaziest advertising I've ever seen.  Our ‘Cooter’s’ stores have received thousands of complaints about this unconscionable disregard for America’s families. I suggested on Facebook that our ‘Dukes’ fans direct their concerns to CMT. Although countless viewers have done just that, CMT has ‘blown them off.’ They have refused to even acknowledge these heartfelt concerns.  So I'm speaking up about it.” 	Jones and his wife Alma run the “Cooter’s Place” museums in Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee and have hosted many “Dukes” themed festivals and events for the last fifteen years. In 2006 and 2007, CMT was a sponsor of “DukesFest”, events that drew over 80,000 fans to Nashville.  	“CMT holds the rights to the Dukes these days, and they’ve done a good job with it,” Jones says. “But they haven’t been family-friendly with these really offensive commercials for this anti-Southern ‘reality show’.” 	Having seen the commercials for “Party Down South”, which was originally entitled “Dirty South”, Jones did not pull any punches.   “Judging from the promotions, it is a slimy, semi-obscene fake show from the people who put out ‘Jersey Shore’. It is about a bunch of trashy, foul-mouthed morons. It is another massive insult to the South, created by New Yorkers and ‘green-lighted’ by people in Los Angeles. I don’t think this programming decision came out of Nashville. The geniuses who created and marketed this travesty have very different sensibilities and priorities from the people in the heartland who are simply looking for something decent to watch.  Of course CMT has a right to show this stink.  But they also have a responsibility not to force this kind of decadence on the impressionable children who are watching “The Dukes of Hazzard.” 	“Over the years we have all witnessed the continuing lowering of television standards and its degrading effect on American culture. It appears that CMT, which built its audience from country music lovers in America’s heartland, has now been infected by this rush to the bottom of the cultural sewer. That is a shame, but attempting to foist it upon pre-teen children is more than a shame. It’s a disgrace.” 	“We are asking that CMT and its advertisers refrain from promoting “Party Down South” during airings of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. Since 1979 America’s parents have trusted us with their children. CMT has thoughtlessly violated that trust.  Enough is enough.” Ben Jones aka “Cooter”   #cmt #dukesofhazzard #Cooter's Place #cootersplace

 

LOOKS LIKE CMT IS INSULTING AMERICA’S FAMILIES

 

It seems to me that by relentlessly promoting the sleazy “Party Down South” during commercial breaks for the family-friendly “Dukes of Hazzard” that CMT is cynically insulting the sensibilities, the values, and the intelligence of our audience. Any sensible viewer would have to ask “why?” and the answer, unfortunately, lies in the tastes and sensibilities of the folks in Santa Monica, California where CMT program decisions are made, and in New York City, where CMT’s corporate ownership Viacom is located. The idea of these folks making decisions about country music programming, heartland values, and the ways of Southern and rural Americans is ludicrous at best. But their decisions demean our heartland’s culture and debase our traditions. 
When the unacceptable becomes acceptable, when the bar is continually being lowered, what then is unacceptable? Unfortunately, we already have the answer: not much.

I am offended that CMT is insensitive to their obvious and blatant insult. I guess these folks are just too immersed in their own lifestyles to understand their audience. And according to their press releases, the network has bought a number of these so-called “reality” series. They are counting on shows like “Party Down South” (previously named “The Dirty South”) to pay the freight for what was once a great Country Music and Americana network. Hopefully, this foul and dreadful show will meet an early demise, and be replaced by upbeat, positive Nashville entertainment.
Anyhow, I am always amazed at the good hearts and moral tenacity of our fans. I guess we all learned a little bit about right and wrong somewhere along the way. Thanks for your clear message to CMT. They really need to hear it. Spread the word, y’all.
Personally, I am sick and tired of having my native Southland portrayed in the national media by shows like “Party Down South” aka “The Dirty South”. Shame on these people. Dukes Of Hazzard fans can leave comments for CMT on this page: https://www.facebook.com/cmt
Ben Jones aka “Cooter”

Start: January 1, 2014
End: January 17, 2014

December 28, 2013

Dec 28th From 11am-1pm Come Meet Ben “Cooter” Jones at Cooter’s In Nashville, TN

“Cooter” will be signing 11am-1pm

Start: December 28, 2013
End: December 28, 2013
Venue: Cooter's Nashville
Phone: 615-872-8358
Address:

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2613-B Mcgavock Pike, Nashville, TN, United States, 37214

December 26, 2013

December 26th – January 3rd Rick Hurst “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg

December 26th – January 3rd Rick Hurst “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Will Be Signing Autographs and taking pictures with folks at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg.

Cooter’s Museum and Store Gatlinburg

Cooter's Place Gatlinburg

Cooter’s Place Gatlinburg
542 Parkway 
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-9909

New location with Indoor Duke’s Themed Go-Karts and the Hazzard Country Club 18-hole Mini-Golf Course.

Start: December 26, 2013
End: January 3, 2014
Venue: Cooter's Gatlinburg
Phone: 865-430-9909
Address:

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542 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738

December 21, 2013

Dec 21st Free Christmas Concert with “Cooter” and The Garage Band in Washington, VA

The RappHappy Holidays Show

Saturday Dec 21st Free Christmas Concert with Cooter and The Garage Band in Washington, VA

THE THEATRE

Start: December 21, 2013
End: December 21, 2013
Venue: THE THEATRE AT WASHINGTON, VA
Phone: 540-675-1253
Address:

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291 Gay Street, Washington, VA, United States, 22747

December 7, 2013

Dec 7th “Cooter” Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg 11am-1pm

Dec 7th Ben “Cooter” Jones Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg 11am-1pm

Start: December 7, 2013
End: December 7, 2013
Venue: Cooter's Gatlinburg
Phone: 865 430 9909
Address:

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542 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, 37738
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