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Names in the News - April 6, 2007

Staff Report • Apr 5, 2007 at 11:24 AM

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys always talked about restoring the roof of his historic home to its original height. He just didn't know the opportunity would come because of a tornado.

The 6,000-foot house, built in 1786 by Revolutionary War Capt. James Franklin, took a direct hit from the storm that swept through Sumner County and killed nine people last spring.

Golden, his wife, Brenda, and 5-year-old son, Solomon, huddled in a bathroom in the center of the basement as the tornado passed.

As they began to emerge, they saw light where the roof had been.

A structural engineer told them the house would have been rubble if it had been built in the past 50 years.

The family recently finished restoring the home, raising the level of the roof to its original height in the process. Ironically, a tornado took off the old roof in 1892.

Golden and his family have experienced a similar rebirth; one that includes a renewed faith in God and a new gratitude for friends and family.

"We're just thankful for God's protection of our life," the 68-year-old singer said. "Life itself is what we're most thankful for."

TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. - A group of kids on spring break thought setting up a lemonade stand near George Clooney's movie set might be a good business move. They were right.

The star paid $20 for his lemonade, which 10-year-old Carter, 6-year-old Chandler and 5-year-old Chase Fontaine were selling for 25 cents.

Clooney made his way over to the lemonade stand Wednesday afternoon after shooting scenes for "Leatherheads," a movie about the early days of professional football that he is directing and acting in.

The boys' mother, Courtney Fontaine, offered Clooney the lemonade for free.

He had posed for pictures with her and some other women.

But Clooney, 45, insisted on paying, sending someone over with a $20 bill. Chandler enjoyed telling people afterward that Clooney's representative didn't want any change.

Before long, Carter had made another sign that read, "George Clooney was here!" and planted it at the road.

The movie, which is being filmed mostly in North and South Carolina, also stars John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger.

It has a December release date.

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