KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Knoxville resident has started a Change.org petition in the hopes Governor Bill Haslam will not change the Tennessee state logo.
Over 22,000 people have signed the online petition as of early Friday afternoon posted by Taylor Prince.
Many state residents have spoken out against the new logo after learning $46,000 was spent for the design featuring the letters TN in white on colors patterned on the state flag.
Advertising and marketing company GS&F was hired by the state to design the new logo.
A spokesman for Gov. Haslam told the Associated Press the new logo was needed to give the state a more unified look on signs and letterheads.
The new logo will be gradually introduced as current stationary runs out.
The new state branding followed a decision by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to replace a green-themed symbol introduced by Haslam’s Democratic predecessor Phil Bredesen. The department in 2011 introduced a new logo featuring the TDOT acronym on a red field the shape of the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.