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How awesome that this fine country gentleman got his start right here in South central Georgia.  I am so proud that he g...

How awesome that this fine country gentleman got his start right here in South central Georgia. I am so proud that he got his reboot here in my town of Alapaha.

Country troubadour Danny Dawson saddles back up for the celebration at 2:15 p.m. this Saturday November 9. In his most expansive interview to date (you can find the entire story and photos and videos by clicking on the Medium link), Danny sheds light on the singular event that nearly thwarted his career permanently.

Question: Just how close did you get to being signed by a major label?

Danny Dawson: Very close. RCA was looking to sign me in 1995, but it fell through because my manager blew it. He had no idea of how to talk to a label even though his father was a legend in the business. I won’t get into all the details because he has passed away, and I remain good friends with his family. Just prior to RCA’s interest I did sign with a small independent label owned by Berrien Sutton, an attorney out of Homerville, Georgia. He financed and produced my self-titled first album but didn’t know how to market it. The album [containing 12 Dawson compositions plus two covers written by “Good Hearted Woman” producer Ronny Light] sat on the shelf for well over a decade with no radio play until I started selling the CD’s myself around 2010.

Question: After losing the RCA deal, did you keep doing shows or did it frustrate you so much that you stopped music entirely?

Danny Dawson: I tried performing, but I just didn’t have the heart anymore. I sold all of my guitars and hid in the shadows for a long time. One day out of the blue a fella named Wayne Delk came to my house and asked, “Are you Danny Dawson?” I said, “Yes, why do you wanna know?” He then held up a CD of my first album with my picture on it and replied, “Because I let some people in Alapaha listen to it. They fell in love with your voice and want to know if you would do an acoustic set.” I was like, “Man, I haven’t sang in years. I don’t know if I have the nerve anymore.” Wayne, who was basically my guardian angel, couldn’t be deterred. He said, “Danny, you’re awesome and will do fine.” I eventually accepted and returned to country music at the Alapaha Station Celebration [Saturday, November 14, 2015]. I haven’t slowed down since.

Photography by Wenda Gaile Bailey / Bailey's Berrien Photos

Highlights from the 2018 Rotary Bowl Tournamentthe 2019 Rotary Bowl will be held November 9th.

Highlights from the 2018 Rotary Bowl Tournament
the 2019 Rotary Bowl will be held November 9th.

Y'all Ready for Rotary Bowl Football?
Get your gear ready! It's time for junior league playoffs.
Saturday, November 9th, Nashville Berrien Rotary Club and the Berrien County Recreational Department hosts the 2019 Rotary Bowl. Come cheer on your favorite athletes as they battle for the prize.
For more information about the 2019 tournament, Contact Jennifer Harper Cole and the Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department.
Here's a photo sampler from the 2018 games.

More fun at the Art Auction!

More fun at the Art Auction!

More photos from the First Annual Art Auction

What a fun evening of art and friends.  There are two posts of photos of this event. Check them out to see what you miss...

What a fun evening of art and friends. There are two posts of photos of this event. Check them out to see what you missed.

Nashville Berrien Rotary Club Hosts First Art Auction Fundraiser

Thursday, October 10—Going, going, gone! The gavel fell on the first sale of Rotary’s First Annual Art Auction Fundraiser. Auctioneer Bob Romero kept the bidding moving with the help of several Berrien High students.
The event, held at the Tin Roof Market, featured spectacular works by artists such as Salvador Dali, Chagall, Picasso, Thomas Kincaid, and local favorites. Other items up for bid included framed autographed sports memorabilia and jerseys, autographed music memorabilia and instruments, and Disney originals. The evening concluded with a raffle of two framed works by Thomas Kincaid.
The highlight of the bidding came when a work by art student Faith Railey was placed on the auction block. “Lion in Charcoal” drew the highest bid from buyer Rita Sims. Railey, surprised by the bidding war, said that piece was an experiment in Replica art. She studies under BCHS art instructor Coby Rice. Several of her fellow students also displayed their work.
The best-selling pieces of the evening were contributed by local artists Ollene Osborne, Mary Vanlandingham, Mariah Baker, and Linda Griffin.
The Berrien High assistants handled each piece with care, presenting requested groupings and individual items in a timely manner. The students were Sally Shepard, J. Manry Ford, Jarrett Cole, Aniston Groom, and Avery Smart.
A special thanks goes out to all volunteers who helped make the auction a success: Horse Creek Winery, Johnson Frame Shop (Hahira), Coby Rice and BCHS art students, BCHS Interact Club and auction assistants, the Rotary dessert chefs, and Blake Brown for providing guitar music and song for the event. All proceeds go to the Community Projects of the Nashville/Berrien Rotary Club.

Please see second post for more photos of our First Annual Art Auction.

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

BCHS Interact Club meets NBRC Rotary

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, NBRC President Richard Huth, Ty Schultz (Youth Project Chair), Bart Fountain (Youth Projects Assistant), and Vickie Harsey (secretary) met with the newly formed Interact Club to welcome and introduce themselves to the members. Interact Club, an offshoot of Rotary, offers young people ages 12 to 18 opportunities to participate in community services and develop leadership skills.

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Rotary District Governor Visits NBRC

District Governor Mike Muldowney and wife, Nancy, met with the NBRC board members prior to addressing the weekly meeting. Muldowney shared his goals for the 2019-2020 year and praised the Nashville club for projects well-done. He also introduced new concepts for projects, such as providing interactive links to club meetings and building membership.
Muldowney later asked the club, “If NBRC did not exist, where would Nashville be? His address acknowledged the club’s 30 years of service and focused on where NBRC is headed, noting new fundraising projects and the formation of the high school Interact club.
During his visit, Muldowney met members of the Interact club and their advisor. He recommended continued support in the global fight to end Polio and introduced an Alzheimer’s project, CART (Coin for Alzheimers Research Trust). His report included a hurricane disaster relief update for the Bahamas and progress to establish farmland in Puerto Rico where forests were destroyed.

PHOTO: Seated: District Governor Mike Muldowney and Nancy Muldowney. Standing L to R: District Governor-Elect Steve Barnes; Assistant Governor-Elect Keith Stone; Interact officers Landen Browning, CJ Guest, President Morgan Bolmer, Adviser Elisa Strickland; and President Richard Huth.

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Before our Labor Day break, we met with Adel Cook Rotary Club at CircleStone Country Club’s 19th Hole Restaurant. During the meeting, District Governor-Elect Steve Barnes inducted eight new members into the clubs. Then the floor was turned over to speaker Jody Redding, Regional Director Georgia Agriculture Liaison for Senator Johnny Isakson. Redding gave an update on Isakson’s health and continuing work. He also gave a preview to Isakson’s retirement announcement, which was released the following day.

Nashville / Berrien Rotary Club is the best.  If you're interested in becoming a member or just curious to see what we d...

Nashville / Berrien Rotary Club is the best. If you're interested in becoming a member or just curious to see what we do, contact any member of the NBRC.

Down at the Rotary Club....

Down at the Rotary Club....

Kitties & Doggies & Ponies! Oh My!
Getting an update on Cross Critters Resort & Rescue

It was a full kennel last week as we gathered to hear Danielle Cross give a report on rescue efforts, boarding and grooming of Berrien County pets. Cross, owner of Cross Critters Resort & Rescue, first pointed out the three separate agencies in Nashville who help with animal control and rescue--City of Nashville Dog Pound, Animal Shelter, and Humane Society (a no-kill facility). Then she shared her heart and vision to help find homes and adequate care for all animals both small and large.
It has been three years since she opened CCR&R as a public boarding and grooming facility for pets. Since that time, she has been licensed as a certified rescue facility. She is also looking into opening a pet supply and adoption store in downtown Nashville.
CCR&R needs and accepts monetary donations, food, and supplies to help with the rescue and care operations. CCR&R is a No-Kill and adoption shelter. It also offers a pet spa for grooming area pets.

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

NBRC Celebrates Another Successful Year

Photos and Caption by Vickie Harsey

Tuesday, June 25—The Nashville Berrien Rotary club celebrated the closing of another successful year at Circlestone’s 19th Hole restaurant. The passing of the gavel by out-going President Ward Crosby to in-coming President Richard Huth signified the beginning of new projects and continuance of current works and services.
Assisting Crosby with the induction of officers and swearing in of the new president was Steve Barnes, Governor-Elect of District 6920. Barnes commended the club for excellent service and the diligence to commit to numerous community support projects. During this year’s district convention, NBRC received the Silver Award for a Medium-sized club, a fitting acknowledgement for its 27 recorded activities.
Congratulations to all of the of our new officers and to our new District Governor-Elect Steve Barnes and our Assistant Governor-nominee Keith Stone. Special acknowledgement goes to Greg A. Ray and President Ward Crosby and his wife Gayla for going the extra distance to make the 2017-2018 year a success. The club also acknowledged and welcomed new members.

Nashville Berrien Rotary supports CASA

Nashville Berrien Rotary supports CASA

On April 23rd, the NBRC presented a check for $2500 to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)which works with the Alapaha Judicial Circuit to protect children. The funds came from the SuperHero Fun Run held in February 2019. Accepting the check were CASA Director Elaine Grice, volunteers Sara Akins, and Carol Kelly.
Grice expressed much appreciation for the work and donations given by the NBRC.

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Nashville - Berrien Rotary CLUB

Running for CASA
Rotary Holds Super Hero Fund Raiser
By Vickie Harsey

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23— Out of the fog they came—capes fluttering, webs slinging. All ran with a single purpose: to raise dollars for CASA, and because Super Heroes are just plain cool when they run through fog.

The morning fog couldn’t put a damper on the runners who gathered for the first Rotary-sponsored CASA SuperHero 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. As the sun burned through the fog, 13-year-old Bryson Butler blazed across the finish line to take the win as Overall Male Champion. Karina Amundson brought it home for the ladies when she bounded into the winner’s circle to take the Overall Female Champion. Under the power of Four Paws, bulldog Matilda Carter lead her human sidekick Amber Cheshire into a stunning last-leg trot to take the final spot on the course.

This year’s Rotary fundraiser pulled in over $3500 for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a sum that topped previous playhouse raffles. CASA Director Elaine Grice expressed the program’s appreciation to The Nashville/Berrien Rotary Club and to everyone who participated in the day’s event.

“We appreciate these guys [Rotary] doing fund raisers for us because this is what it goes toward,” she said, referring to the foster children. “You are helping [us] in so many ways.”

CASA also welcomed volunteers Carla Hawkins of LifeLink, and Lola Rivera and Nicole Barrett of The Haven to the event.
Among the runners, ranging in age from 6 years to 67 years, were several CASA volunteers and their families.

CASA Volunteer Carrie Dorminey had this to say about participating the program and fun run, “We wanted to give back [help foster children]. I know there’s a need in the state, and I thought CASA was a way to do that.”
“It’s been meaningful to me to know that I can help make a difference in a child’s life,” she added.

During the award ceremony, Rotary Special Projects Coordinator, King Bridges, extended thanks to the many businesses and banks who helped sponsor the event. Honorable mention was also given to those who traveled from as far away as Wyoming. Many thanks were also given to veteran sporting event coordinator Tom Smoot for keeping everything running smoothly.

Bridges said, “This was a great event, and everybody enjoyed it.” He also confirmed that the Superhero Fun Run will be a recurring fundraiser.
The event sponsors include: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Bank of Alapaha, South Georgia Medical Center/Berrien Campus, The Citizens Bank, Chaparral Boats, Southern Traditions Realty & Development. A Course/Line. LLC, The Event Production Co./Valdosta area, Lovein Funeral Home, Lenox River Ranch, Off the Hook Seafood Grill, Family Connection/Communities in Schools, Mitchell O. Moore PC, Houston & Associates Insurance, State Farm Insurance, H Gregg Ray, Ace BBQ Sauce, Lions Club/Lakeland, Southeastern Credit Union, Georgia Power Company, Berrien County Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Shiver, DMD, Sarah Surratt, and Nashville/Berrien Rotary.

Special thanks to other businesses who donated prizes and gift bags: Harvey’s of Nashville, Chaparral Boats, Direct Doc, Dixie Sales & Graphics, Coyote Manufacturing, Southern Grace Farms, AgSouth Farm Credit, WireGrass Technical College, Georgia Farm Bureau of Nashville, Nashville Tractor, Dixon Gin Co., Dixon Farm Supply, Rays Mill Pond, Watson’s Pools, Atlas Greenhouses, Personal Finance, 1st Franklin Financial, Southeastern Credit Union, and Citizens Bank. Water and snacks were provided by Piggly Wiggly of Adel, Walmart of Adel, and AgSouth Farm Credit of Nashville.

CASA SuperHero Winners:
FRONT ROW: (L to R) Elaine Grice, director of CASA of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit; 50-59 Female, Shelly Smith (Ray City); 40-49 Female, Delleese Collins (Valdosta); 60-69 Female, Cathy Hodges (Valdosta); Overall Female Champion, Karina Amundson (Valdosta); Overall Male 1-mile, Brady Solomon (6), Overall Female 1-mile, Ellie Dorminey (7);11-14 Female, Allison Butler (Nashville); 11-14 Male, Andrew Solomon (Nashville); BACK ROW: 40-49 Male, Allen Wooten (Thomasville); Overall Male Champion, Bryson Butler (13) (Nashville); 25-29 Male, Ryan Yancey (Naylor); 30-39 Female, Mandi Hardeman (Nashville); King Bridges, Loan Officer – Farmers & Mechants Bank. Winners not shown: 60-69 Male, Dennis Gatchell (Cheyenne, WY); 30-39 Male, Joseph Ditto (Nashville).

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority

Another Adventure with Smart & Wise!

DID YOU KNOW??? We may be #smartandwise but there's a lot we didn't know about Horse Creek Winery! Week #5 Give-away... see video below to learn a little more about Horse Creek Winery and watch to the end for the FANTASTIC Prize!!! Like, share and tag 3 friends for a chance to win! Winner announced Friday! (MUST BE 21 to win this week)! #smartandwise

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority

We are heading into week #5 of Funtastic Friday Give-Aways!!! Brand new series for July... "Did You Know", but still some AWESOME prizes!!! Be on the lookout Monday for the new video... Looks like these two had a blast filming at this location... take your best guess of where it is for your chance to win $10 in Berrien Bucks!!!! #smartandwise

More 4th celebrations!  Y'all have fun this weekend.  South Georgia has the party covered!

More 4th celebrations! Y'all have fun this weekend. South Georgia has the party covered!

🎸ONE week from today🎸

Come join us for live music, food and drinks, water slides, FIREWORKS, and much more! See you there!


Willacoochee Old Fashion Day Celebration
July 6-7 Friday night concerts starts at 7PM with The Jukebox Band. Saturday will be vendors and various entertainment.

South Georgia Loves Moody

South Georgia Loves Moody

The South Georgia loves Moody video is finally available. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Berrien County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority

Great kick-off for summer give-aways, ladies!

Week 2 is here!!!!!!!!! Watch to the end to see the prize give-away! To enter Like this post, share it and tag three friends! Remember to like the Berrien Chamber of Commerce Page, Nashville Main Street Page & Southern Grace Farms Page! Winner will be announced at noon on Friday, June 15th. Good luck! #funtasticfriday #smartandwise


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