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Lebanon Church of God hosts Youth Rally May 15-16

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Editor’s Note: A photograph that appeared with this article in the May 15 edition of The Wilson Post had the incorrect name. The photo identified the person as Mike Jones which was incorrect. The person should have identified as Randolph Williamson. The Post regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

Lebanon Church of God Youth Ministry Department will host a Youth Day Rally on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16 at the field located adjacent to the church at 600 C.L. Manier Street.

This event is a cooperative initiative of community, civic, business and church-sponsored entities which targets and encourages youth to strive for excellence in every part of life.


 Randolph Williamson

The two-day event will include empowerment workshops, recreational activities, civic and community sponsor booths, games and activities, music and more. The rally will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, May 15, and at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16.

Among the motivational speakers to appear at this event is Courtney “Coco” Jones, 11, a fifth grade honors student and athlete of Lebanon and daughter of NFL football player Mike Jones (Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals) and vocalist Javonda Jones who has performed with recording artists like Ronnie Milsap and others. Coco grew up in Columbia, S.C. before moving to Lebanon. She began singing at the age of 2.           Coco has performed across the eastern region of the U.S. and recently performed on the Maury Povich national TV show “The 2009 Most Talented Kids.” She sang the National Anthem twice for the St. Louis/Baltimore NFL game. Her You Tube video has gathered more than 30,000 views. She enjoys acting and modeling.           Coco and her father Mike will sing and speak at 11 a.m., Saturday.

Also set to appear on Friday is Randolph Williamson, founder and CEO of Randolph Enterprises of Nashville. He serves as designer, tailor, sales and marketing director of the company.

Williamson custom designs suits, shirts and ties for professional athletes. Some of his clients include Eddie George, Michael Jordan and Alex Rodriguez. An athlete himself, Williamson played football under Coach Big John Merritt at Tennessee State University and Coach Dick Vermeil with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He received a B.S. degree in Clothing and Textiles and a minor in clothing construction from TSU. He taught clothing design and tailoring at Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville.


 Courtney “Coco” Jones

           Williamson has been featured in The Tennessean, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Paducah (Kentucky) Sun, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, People, Emerge and on TV on the “NBC Nightly News,” “Extra” and “This Week in Country Music.”

           Other guests appearing at the Youth Day Rally include Lonnie Thompson, men’s basketball coach at Cumberland University, Friday night; Ashley Johnson, girls basketball coach at Lebanon High School, Saturday; Robin Marthel, principal at West Elementary School, Friday night; Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon SWAT team, Tennessee Air National Guard, Harry Watkins of the Wilson County Civic League and Brian Gregory, Business Unit manager, all on Saturday.

           For more information, call Gail Kelley at the church office at 444-6000. The pastor is the Rev. Andrew J. Valentine.

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