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Filming to shut down parts of the Dragon for couple hours Sunday

THP handling closures 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Bikers planning on challenging the highway known as the Dragon will find a kink in the winding road for a couple hours Sunday.

According to Gisela Moore, project manager of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, the "Tail of the Dragon" from mile marker 0 to 11 will be intermittently closed from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sunday for filming of a commercial.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is overseeing the closures, according to Moore. They'll be conducting traffic control every 30 minutes on the twisting road also known as Highway 129 and Calderwood Highway in Blount County, Moore said.

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Motorcyclists and a driver travel along the Tail of the Dragon Saturday afternoon.

The commission acts as a liaison for directors and production companies that want to shoot projects in the state.

THP referred questions about the highway shutdown to the Entertainment Commission.

The Dragon has a national reputation for its scenery and hundreds of curves. Motorcyclists and sports car drivers in particular enjoy the 11-mile route.

Novices, however, can get hurt if they're not careful. Injury crashes and even fatal crashes are not unusual on the Dragon.