Southern cookbook offers recipes from musical, political celebrities

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This is the time of the year when good-hearted residents help out people in need.

One of my favorites, Jeff Barnes, is joining the Southern Meltdown Band to present It's a Country Christmas at 7 p.m. Friday at the IBEW Banquet Hall, 1250 Reynolds St., featuring country and Christmas music.

The evening also offers a spaghetti dinner. It's a fundraiser for Cliff Tilton, who, according to Mr. Barnes, has been diagnosed with renal failure.

Mr. Tilton is on dialysis and trying to get on a list for a kidney transplant.

Tickets cost $20 for individuals, $35 for couples, $10 for ages 13-16, and are free for ages 12 and younger. Call Tammy at (706) 860-6245 with questions.

You can also buy raffle tickets at $1 each for chances at a gun safe and a 1-carat diamond ring.

CELEBRITY COOK BOOK: My long-time bluegrass music buddy Randall Franks (Officer Randy on the TV series In the Heat of the Night ) just came out with a celebrity cookbook written with Shirley Smith, who operates a learning center near Ringgold, Ga.

Stirring Up Additional Success with a Southern Flavor is a fundraiser for the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy organization.

The collection offers more than 200 recipes from more than 100 music, television, movie and political celebrities, including Bill Anderson, Tracy Byrd, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray, Dolly Parton, Stella Parton, Charley Pride, Jeannie Seely, Randy Travis, Jesse McReynolds, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Annette O' Toole, Chubby Checker, Carol Burnette, Billy Crystal, Morgan Freeman, Rue McClanahan, Patricia Neal, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and former first ladies Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and the late Lady Bird Johnson.

Copies can be ordered for $18, postage and handling included, by sending a check or money order to Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA 30736.

LEWIS FAMILY FAREWELL: If you didn't catch the first airing of The Lewis Family's farewell concert, you missed a great show featuring present and past members of the group, including original members (and brothers) Talmadge, Esley and Little Roy Lewis, taped at their final concert in Lincolnton, Ga., in November.

It will air again on television station WJBF at 3 p.m. Sunday and at 4 p.m. Dec. 26. The Lewis Family has offered annual Christmas shows on WJBF for 55 years.

LADY ANTEBELLUM AT THE BOWL: Augusta-area musicians Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will join their trio partner Hillary Scott to perform the national anthem at the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Florida in New Orleans on New Year's Day.

GEORGIA BOYS ON TOUR: Luke Bryan, who graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, will join Jason Aldean, who grew up in Macon, for a tour that opens in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 22. They are scheduled to be at James Brown Arena on Feb. 20.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 39 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com


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