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In early 2014 the staff at Long Hunter State Park decided the park needed a new patch. The Long Hunter proved a natural symbol as does Stones River, which still runs under Percy Priest Lake, and the Indian, since the Choctaw, Cherokee, Shawnee and the Chickasaw all hunted the area before and during the Long Hunter era. Plus, the Native America Indian Association's Annual Pow Wow in October has been a major attraction and fund raiser for the park. The staff agreed on a design, and artist Fred Dickson, a Friends of Long Hunter member, was commissioned and drew sketches from photographs and other resources to arrive at the final design. Park secretary Trina Hesson, working with park management and the patch production company, came up with the color scheme. The park received the original order of 100 patches earlier this month, and they are on sale at the park office at 2910 Hobson Pike for $5. The park, originally named J. Percy Priest Park, was conceived in the late 1960s. In 1974 it was long term leased to Tennessee State Parks and made a satellite of Cedars of Lebanon State Park. The name was changed to Long Hunter State Park to avoid confusion with the Corps of Engineers area, and in 1978 it left Cedars to become Tennessee's newest state park.

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