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Steve Stewart

Itís different when singing in the church

Singer and evangelist Eddie Middleton of Acworth, Ga., told a group at Autumnwood Baptist Church that when he sang R&B music in his younger days, he didn't get nervous.

He said it didn't bother him to open for music greats like Tina Turner or Three Dog Night. Eddie joked that whiskey helped.

But he said that when his best friend got him to sing at church, his mouth turned to cotton. Eddie didn't know that the church had put his name at the top of a prayer list of 100 people who needed salvation.

That night he didn't get through his song before breaking down before God, he said, as reported by Melanie Smith.

Eddie and his friend later sang with NewSong, a group that has had numerous gospel and inspirational hits. Billy Goodwin of Courtland is another original member of the group.

Following Boeing's satellite

Once a Decatur-made Boeing Co. rocket launches a satellite, the story usually ends.

A Web site keeps the story going, however, by tracking the satellite's path over the globe in real time, Eric Fleischauer reports.

Go to
?s=29486 and click on "Track it now" to trace the GPS satellite a Boeing rocket launched Sept. 24.

When Eric looked, the satellite was over Mauritania, Africa, and moving at 8,640 mph.

Montgomery music

During the 2005 "American Idol" run when Bo Bice was going strong, Jeff Whitlow of Neel recorded "Big Ol' Bo Bice Fan."

The country singer/songwriter told Ronnie Thomas that during Republican Gov. Bob Riley's recent fundraiser at Vernon Lane's City View Farms, he sang his first political song, "Headin' to Montgomery Again."

The governor and his wife "loved it and made arrangements for us to go into the studio (Oct. 6) and record it," Jeff said. "I'm not sure what they're going to do with it, but they wanted it by (the following Monday morning)."

Jeff said first lady Patsy Riley "told us to leave the Jan. 20 date open because we might be coming to the inaugural ball."

Of course, the governor's Democrat opponent, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, will have a lot to do with that.

Backin' through the Outback

In Western Australia, a 22-year-old man drove his car backward 12 miles on a remote highway before police stopped him from making it all 310 miles to his destination, the city of Perth.

The man's forward transmission failed, so he just put the car in reverse, The Associated Press reported. He was going about 40 mph when police stopped him. He passed a breath test for alcohol but was charged with reckless driving.

Maybe this guy got his inspiration from "Backin' to Birmingham," sung by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

"I'll bet I'm the first truck-drivin' man," the song goes, "that ever left Chicago in a semi and backed it all the way to Birmingham."

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