Welcome to Sparta, Mississippi! If you are a fan of the TV series "In the Heat of the Night" like I am, you should visit Covington, Ga.

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(CLICK PLAY) above to hear the "In the Heat of the Night" theme by Ray Charles! 
First, Go to the Visitors Center and get a map. As I rode around Covington, I found a few filming locations there that were in the pictures that weren't on the map! Other TV series and Movies were filmed there too...Dukes of Hazzard for one! You can visit the place where the famous General Lee car jumped over the railroad tracks! 

Here is something that I just found out! I went to college with an actress in the Heat of the Night! To the right you will see some yearbook pictures. Beside the "O" is me! I didn't graduate...got into radio, go figure!? The second picture is a few pages down of Elizabeth Williams who DID graduate and got a few parts in the tv Heat! Her picture from the same yearbook is above! If you take a close look at her, she played Mrs. Earl in the episode "Gunshot" when she told the Chief where to find Albert's gun with the broke firing pin! This was the episode where Tibb's shot Albert's sister! In real life now she is married to Afemo Omilami, my man Jimmy Dawes!!  (CLICK HERE) For her bio, and other parts she has played!  

trivia: 

Did you know that the crazy judge Cully, Lana Farren's court apperence in "lake winahatchie," also played "the Penguin" in the old Batman series?   

Did you know that Harriot DeLong played a part in the film "Let's do it Again, and Piece of the Action?" She was married for a time to singer Bill Withers (Lean on Me)! 

Did you know that Luann Corbin, Crystal Foxx, played the maid Katie in "Driving Miss Daisy?"
**********Be sure and watch Luann, starring in "The Haves and the Have Nots" on Oprah's Channel! 
 
......new.... In "Citizen Trundel pt1, about 17 minutes into the episode, Sweet and Lonnie are in front of Harriet's house. Sweet says "That woman is seriously mad!" Natalie's boyfriend drives by, parks and he looks out the window of his car. If you hit pause on the very brief shot of her house, everything is backwards! Look at the street sign....mistake?

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Did you know that Luann's brother Tyler, "brothers keeper," played Shel Baylor in the series "Dave's World?" Tyler (Meshach Taylor) passed away June 27th, 2014, he was 67! In the same episode, Mitch Nellin, after being killed in "a problem too personal," came back to life working at Star Sports.....maybe he has a twin brother?? Maybe the gold chain around his neck made him look different enough to fool us?? 

Did you know that Althea Tibbs played a part in the comedy "What's Happening Now" (Raj's wife). Also a brief nude scene in the film "Robot Jox!" Raj plays the other Parker in "brotherly love II!"

......new..If you want to see a younger and shapelier Joanne, dressed only in a slip, watch the episode "the midnight sun" on the Twilight Zone! 

Did you know that Lynchburg's own Deleesa Carr played a Philadelphia cop in the episode "brotherly love pt II?" You see her when Tibbs is making the speech about the dirty cops! I was told by her that the episode was filmed in California! PICTURE OF DELEESA CARR COURTESY OF TROY JONES, PICTURES WITH  ***** TAKEN BY TONI GOINS NIOUS, DIX'S GAS TAKEN BY RAY WITT.

Did you know that Country singer Ed Aimes played the sheriff Ed Thompson in the  episode "prisoners?" Another famous singer, Ketty Lester, played Hannah Carter in the episode "gunshot!" She played Jimmy Dawes' grandmother, the old lady who sat on the porch in a wheelchair. She sang the hit "Loveletters" in 1962! (CLICKHERE)
 
 

Did you know that Dr. Harris Pendleton (mouthwash guy) in the episode "tear down these walls" is the same actor who sold Arnie Cunningham the car in the movie "Christine?" He was the guy who sold the Plymouth, George LeBay!

Did you know that in the episode "Maybelle returns," it isn't the same Maybelle? Dianne Ladd played the first one, and Elizabeth Ashley played the second one! ....They tried to fool us....

Did you know that Virgil's neice Nicole in "country mouse, city mouse", is Rianne Murtaugh from the "Lethal  Weapon" series? 


Did you know that D.A. Darnelle was a motel mgr. before he became the district attorney in "aka kelly kay?" In that episode he has a large beard....but it's him!

Did you know that Dean Wormer in the motion picture "Animal House" is the Dr. in the episode "private sessions?"

If you want to see the Chief Gillespie play the part of a gangster, check out the episode "bird in the hand" on the old "Untouchables" tv series! 

Did you know that  Chief Gillespie played a Martian in the series "The Outer Limits!" (CLICK HERE) to watch the episode "controlled experiment" from IMDb! Click play on the full episode!
Did you know that Carl Tibbets, the bookstore owner in "final arrangement" was Martin Lane on the "Patty Duke Show?" He also played Nilz Baris on the "Startrek" episode "the trouble with tribbles!" In "a problem too personal," Eugene and Harriett got into an argument in front of the book store location!

If you want to see O.J. killed.....watch the episode "walkout" He plays Councleman Lawson Stiles who dies in the picture!

....new.. The motion picture "Prisoners," where the two little kids are kidnapped has a few filming locations in Covington, Ga. I can't wait to watch it and see what other locations we recognize! 

Did you know Willie Baylor in the episode "country mouse, city mouse", plays church organist Scooter in the film "The Fighting Temptations!"

The actress Deborah Duke played Odessa Robbins in the episode "odessa." Without a lot of make-up she is the maid Mathilda in the episode "the more things change!" Question? I think that she also played the old lady, Ms. Lula Parkman, living at the house who told Bubba about the other property in the episode "vengeange?" However in the IMDb there is no credit for her?

Did you know in the episode "hammer and the glove", Matthew played officer Bobby Hill in "Hill St. blues?"

It looks like in "family reunion" the building used as a salon, Curl up and Dye (cute name) is Mason's Dixieline Bar in disquise!


Did you know that Althea Tibbs had TWO fathers?? One Calvin Peterson played by J. A. Preston in the episode "intruders." Another, played by Mel Stewart in "lessons learned!" Mel was also Henry Jefferson in "All in the Family!" They tried to fool us....again!

Did you know that pimp Jude Thibodeaux from the episode "a.k.a. kelly kay", is the "Control Voice" (the narrator) for the new "Outer Limits!"  

Did you know hooker "Topaz" in the episode "stranger in town", is Lexie Carter from "Days of our Lives!" 

Did you know that Albert Tolliver in the episode "gunshot" (Tibbs shot his sister) also played Argyle the limo driver in "Die-Hard", and the guitar thief that Ray Charles "saw" in the "Blues Brothers!"

WANT TO TAKE A TOUR OF "SPARTA" RIGHT ON YOUR COMPUTER? PRINT OUT OR WRITE DOWN THE ADDRESSES BELOW. GO TO (www.maps.google.com) TYPE IN THE ADDRESS WITH THE DASH IN FRONT OF IT, IN THE SEARCH SECTION, AND HIT "SEARCH MAPS." THIS WILL TAKE YOU TO A MAP SECTION IN COVINGTON, GA. IN THE ADDRESS BLOG, CLICK ON "STREETVIEW." THIS WILL TAKE YOU TO A PICTURE OF "SPARTA." YOU MIGHT HAVE TO USE YOUR MOUSE/ARROW KEY TO TURN THE PICTURE AROUND FOR A BETTER VIEW OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! (THE ADDRESS I GIVE YOU WILL TAKE YOU AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE!) YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GO UP OR DOWN THE STREET A LITTLE TO FIND THE LOCATION! DON'T LEAVE OUT THE (ex. SW) WHEN INDICATED. PUT IN THE ADDRESS EXACTLY. BE SURE AND CHECK BACK TO THIS SITE BECAUSE I WILL BE ADDING MORE ADDRESSES AS I FIND THEM....ENJOY!

Sparta courthouse & clocktower-1102 Clark St. Covington, Ga. 

Magnolia Cafe-1159 Monticello St. Covington, Ga. 

Tibbs home (house was gray!)-1108 Conyers. St. SW. Covington, Ga. 

African Zion A.M.E. Church-3146 Stone Mountain St. Covington, Ga. ("bottoms" area next door, including "King" the boxers house, has been torn down!)

.....new..The temple in "the rabbi"-837 Wesley St. Oxford, Ga.  


Legion Park-3121 Legion Dr. SE. Covington, Ga.

Mrs. Yohay's house in "poor relations" minus the pink pig! Next door is Parker's house, the tree in the middle of his yard has really grown-82 Oakview Dr. Covington, Ga. 

Sparta High School-2942 Newton Dr. NE, Covington, Ga.

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Swifts Cafe is used in "a time to trust, and ruda's awakening!" The building that says Knox Block is the Cafe.-0 Cherokee Rd. Social Circle, Ga. 

Lisa's house in "my name is hank" also Francine Miller's house in "the littlest victim"-3160 Thompson Ave. Covington, Ga.
(house was yellow!)

....new.. In "brothers keeper" the intersection where Tyler's car broke down at the beginning of the episode.- 1164 Hendrick St. SW Covington, Ga. 

DA. Darnell's house in "an eye for an eye." I think that Darnell and Helen Caldwell must live together, because I believe the same house was used in "intruders!" This is the home where the stolen locket was discussed-2152 Church St. Covington, Ga.

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The place where Robert and Lonnie had the fight in "the littlest victum!" The house in the background has new siding, and the fence is gone! However the stop sign, mounted in the middle of the street sign with Baxter St. on it, is still there-6103 Blair St. NE Covington, Ga. 

The motorcycle chase with Bubba and Nick Crews in "the littlest victim" ended at this intersection.-6155 Hopkins St. NE, Covington, Ga.

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Ed Ruger's Club in "singing the blues" -919 Railroad St. Conyers, Ga. You might have to go down the street a little, the building I believe is the club has 921 in the glass. The building now has a white canopy, and is red and white. 

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.In "a problem too personal" The clinic where Jake was brought after being shot by Sweet. Sheriff McCombs headquarters-813 N. Main St. NW Conyers, Ga. In the same episode, the street where Mitch Nellin was shot (pizza hanging from his mouth)-919 railroad St. Conyers, Ga.
 
Nathan Bedford's house across from Legion Park in "sweet sweet blues"-3115 Conyers St. SE, Covington, Ga. 

....new..Meecham Moving and Storage, in "sparta gold,"-5131 Washington St. SW Covington, Ga. Looks like the building is now brown, with an canopy added.
 
....new..The rape victim, Audrey Moore, in "accused" lived here! If you turn the "streetview" down the hill you will see what is left of the foot-bridge used in a lot of episodes.-3126 Corley St. NW Covington, Ga.
While you are there, next door was Joe Neffin's parents house, the house where Jamerson reached in the window and got a picture out in "ruda's awakening!"-3118 Corley St. NW Covington, Ga. The house has been torn down! 
 
....new..Clyde Thompson got pulled over for a DUI in the Jeep, from the episode "last rights." The intersection is here.-2156 Conyers St. SE Covington, Ga.  

The Mill "private sessions" & "gunshots"- porterdale mill lofts, porterdale, Ga. The mill is also used in the motion picture "prisoners!" 

Sparta Methodist Church-1111 Conyers St. SW. Covington, Ga. (across from Tibb's home!) 

Eugene and Harriett DeLong's home-3160 Floyd St. Covington, Ga.

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Sheriff Will McComb's office in "sparta gold" where Virgil was asked if he had a reading problem, and to move his car-937 Court St. NE. Conyers, Ga. The white shutters on the building has been removed! 

....new..In the episode "private sessions," Rebecca Lewis's home. The house has been remodeled, but the graveyard across the street gives it away!-Wheat St. & Mill St. NE, Covington, Ga. 

......new..In the episode "the landlord," the white mansion where Keen Philbrick and Chrissy Rice were found murdered in the back seat of the Lincoln. -1176 Reynolds St. SW. Covington, Ga.

....new.. In the episode "the landlord," Newborn's Gas and grocery where Ed works.-Hwy 229 & N. Johnson St. Newborn, Ga. The filling station has been torn down, and a top porch added to the building across the street.

....new..The house where Henry shot Ron DuBois in "leftover man" (house has a small red & white for sale sign in the front yard.)- West St. & Eberhardt St. NW, Covington, Ga.

....new..The Gentry mansion in "leftover man"-2204 Monticello St. SW, Covington, Ga. 


....new..The crack house that was used in the episodes "a small war."-2133 Conyers St. SW Covington, Ga.

....new..Sparta Federal Savings Bank used in "a trip upstate," and "family reunion" to name a few.-1120 Clark St. SW Covington, Ga. The bank is next door to the Courthouse and clocktower (BB&T). 

.....new.. The episode "first girl" the place where Parker picked up Chris at the bus stop. The bench he was leaning on is now missing.-1130 Floyd St. NE Covington, Ga.

.....new..The episode "fifteen forever" The house where Bubba accidently put the car in drive and knocked down the garage door to see was the car he was looking for was there.-4107 Elizabeth St. NE Covington, Ga.
 
Pace Cars garage in "a correct setting"-2125 Clark St. SW. Covington, Ga.

In the episode
"vengeance" The mini mart (Chevron) where Bubbas girlfriend worked (Nally's Never Close).-2136 Washington St. SW Covington, Ga.

Harriett DeLong's sister Natalie's house "citizen trundell"-2194 Brown St. Covington, Ga.

....new..In the episode "crackdown," the house that was raided and Sgt. Sweet was taken hostage-3227 Conyers St. SE Covington, Ga. 
 
The McGuffy House (looks like it's for sale too!)-947 Railroad St. NW. Conyers, Ga. 

Pinkney's Auto Sales, "falsely accused"(now Car Barn Auto Sales)-2122 Pace St. Covington, Ga.

Newton General Hospital-4181 Tate St. Covington, Ga.

In "a final arrangement" Tibbet's bookstore-Railroad St. & Center St. Conyers, Ga. (building by the do not enter sign. It is an antique store).

Chief Gillespie's new house-2129 Monticello St. SW. Covington, Ga. 

Church where Keen Philbrick was stabbed in the episode, "the landlord"-3102 Washington St. SW. Covington, Ga. 

Lawyer Epp's office-1108 Church St. Covington, Ga. (Remax)

.....new.. "first girl" The railroad crossing where the Chief & John found the guy in the caboose. You will see the yellow railroad station on the right, however the caboose is now missing.- Green St. SW & Center St. Conyers, Ga.

Harriett DeLong's Art Studio Apt.-1176 Washington St. Covington, Ga.
 
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10217 Alcovy Rd. Covington, Ga.-Might be the Super 8 motel where the Chief's daughter Lana got beat up?? They all kinda look alike.... "random's child" 

"the Kid" was picked up by the police and put in the car along with his delivery bike, "deadly affection"-5184 Wheat St. NE Covington, Ga.

"hello in there" The bank where Daryl Tyler worked.-2136 Washington St. SW Covington, Ga.

Mason's Dixieline Bar -5115 Floyd St. NE. Covington, Ga. 

......new..Charlene Ross's house in "lessons learned" is located across the street from the building used for Mason's Dixieline Bar!-5110 Floyd St. NE. Covington, Ga. In the episode you can see the building, without make-up, when Parker discovers the cut screen door!

Sparta Herald (where the editor got beat up.) "child's play"-1158 Monticello St. SW. Covington, Ga. 

Gallery on the Square (Coldwell Banker) is used in the episode "your own kind." This building was also used as Earl Colmer's Jr's. store in the episode "odessa."-1018 Washington St. SW. Covington, Ga.

Newton county Sheriffs office-1126 Stallings St. NW Covington, Ga. (where is deputy Surillo? She can arrest me anytime!!) 

The school used in the episode "give me your life," The Church of the Celestial Influence!-6128 Collins St. NE. Covington, Ga. Wait a minute...didn't the church explode in the episode?? Computer graphics is a wonderful thing! By the way, while you are here...turn the camera around and you will see the water tower with "SPARTA" still painted on it "hatton's turn!" This is the tower Hatton was supposed to have climbed? 

IF YOU HAVE FOUND ANY MORE LOCATIONS NOT LISTED LET ME KNOW, FOR ALL TO ENJOY!
                
What are your favorite episodes?? 
Make a list like mine and compare our thoughts!! My top six episodes, in favorite order!! 

Favorite episodes: These are the ones that I watch over and over again: 
1-Indiscretions 
2-laid to waste 
3-first girl
4-fifteen forever 
5-vengence
6-intruders
7-small war 

Least favorite episodes: 
1-rape- 
2-and justice for some 
3-santuary/law on trial 
4-perversions of justice  
5-hattons turn 1/2
6-.....and then you die
7-baby for sale 

Great, but not in my top five: 
1-bubbas baby 
2-poor relations 
3-little girl lost 
4-triangle 
5-country mouse, city mouse (ohh....Ms. Traci Foxx!)
6-the fairest of them all
7-sparta gold  

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