Cooter's Place is staying put despite anger over Confederate flag

Cooter for Congress? Ben Jones is best known as Cooter the mechanic from "The Dukes of Hazzard." He's seen here reclining atop the General Lee, an orange '69 Dodge Charger outside Cooter's, his roadside store in Sperryville, VA.
Cooter for Congress? Ben Jones is best known as Cooter the mechanic from "The Dukes of Hazzard." He's seen here reclining atop the General Lee, an orange '69 Dodge Charger outside Cooter's, his roadside store in Sperryville, VA.

Credit: Rick McKay/Washington Bureau

Credit: Rick McKay/Washington Bureau

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Cooter's is here to stay, and it won't change because of the recent calls to remove the Confederate flag from government properties and businesses across the country.
That's the word from Ben Jones. He played Cooter on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and owns the restaurant Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is also a former Congressman, representing Georgia's 4th district from 1989 to 1993.
WVLT reported that Jones will not change the business and will continue to sell the flags. Retailers like Walmart and Amazon have pulled products depicting the Confederate flag.

Jones told the station, "This is an American symbol of independence, of rebellion, yes, but of a spirit also of a nation, a country, a region, the south that pulled itself back up from total destruction."
"We're not going to change a thing at Cooter's. Ever. We know who we are, we're good people, we're not racist.," Jones said in the WVLT interview. "We love everybody and we see that symbol as very, very positive. And we despise people who don't. I despise people who use those symbols for racist or white supremacist purposes."

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