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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany native is the face of tourism for the state of Georgia this year.

The new 2011 Georgia Travelers Guide features Food Network Chef and Albany native Paula Deen and her sons Jamie and Bobby Deen. The magazine will be distributed at the state's 11 Visitor Information Centers. In the article, Deen mentions Albany twice. She talks about wanting to show her grandson Jack where she grew up. The Convention and Visitor's Bureau says just knowing Deen's from Albany is bringing some visitors to town.

"When people come to town, they realize, some people do realize she's from here and they want to find out where she lived and where she went to school, where she worked, so we even developed a Paula Deen hometown tour that we provide to groups who come to town," said Lisa Riddle, Albany-Dougherty Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

The Albany Dougherty Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Sherwood movies have also brought many people to town wanting to learn where they were shot and to see the church.

With the UKC Winter Trials in town this weekend, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is preparing for their busiest time of year.


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