Some residents in Kinston are seeing more than just a vine in a growth of kudzu on a local utility pole.
People began noticing a utility pole last week with kudzu that they say resembles Jesus on the cross. It's located at the intersection of Highway 258 and Tyree Road, about a mile south of Kinston.
Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand and a half mile from the vine and says he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance.
Hardison and his customers think the vine can be seen as a symbolic reminder that God is watching over people.
But Kudzu Jesus may also cause some problems. A University of Maryland biology professor says kudzu costs power companies about $1.5 million a year to repair damaged lines.