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Smithville remembers 9/11
Tippin, Stevens perform at events
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The First United Methodist Pre-school Choir - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
Smithville remembered the tenth anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Sunday, with a gathering on the public square, as well as a picnic in Green Brook park to honor local firemen and rescue workers. The Smithville Community 9/11 Memorial Service was held on the steps of the courthouse and was hosted by local church groups.Anthony Rosolowski of First Baptist Church opened the ceremony with a prayer.Susan Hinton and Colton Rhody accompanied the crowd on piano and guitar as they sang selected hymns.The First United Methodist Pre-school Choir, directed by Emily Bass, performed God Bless America. Thea Tippin performed an inspirational song and country music star husband Aaron Tippin sang Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly.Tippin debuted the song 10 years ago at the first 9/11 memorial service on the town square, just days after the tragic event.Mark Bass of Smithville First Baptist Church, Larry Green of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Dr. John Carpenter of Smithville First United Methodist Church offered prayers.The event was brought to a close as the crowd joined in to sing America the Beautiful.Meanwhile, Chris Allen of Kustom Printing Products hosted a barbeque picnic to honor DeKalb Countys’ fire and rescue workers.Allen said that the event, held at Green Brook Park in Smithville, was a great success, feeding and entertaining more than 275 local firefighters and their families, including the delivery of 25 plates to personnel who were on duty.Speakers included Allen and Assistant Fire Chief Roy Merriman, and several hundred dollars in donated door prizes were given away.The menu included pulled pork smoked chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and desserts.Entertainment was provided by local singer Jimmy Stevens.