Luke Bryan may hail from a small town in south Georgia originally, but Middle Tennessee feels like home to him now, he told the hundreds of local business leaders and patrons at the Friends of Scouting "Duck River Good Scout Award Luncheon" on February 20th. The superstar country singer said that, over the years, he spent a lot of time and energy trying to make it big in cities like Nashville and Los Angeles, but as he has gotten older he has worked hard to get back to his small town roots.
Fortunately for him and our community, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia fit the bill - being close enough to Nashville but, perhaps more importantly, it gave him the opportunity to buy a farm with the fishing pond he has dreamed of owning since he was a small boy. Now he has one that he doesn't have to get permission from anyone to fish.
Columbia and Mt. Pleasant have also provided him a safe haven from much of the attention he receives from the public. He says he can go to the hardware store in Mt. Pleasant or out to lunch in Columbia and not be interrupted too much, just be a regular guy.
Bryan's love for fishing and hunting has given him an endearment for the Scouts even though he himself was not a Boy Scout. Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, and a five-time host of the ACM Awards. On March 11, he will join Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as a judge on American Idol.
Mayor Charlie Norman, the luncheon chair, presented the Good Scout Award to The Hickman Family this year for their many years of supporting the community at large and the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America. With six Eagle Scouts and two Girl Scouts, the Hickmans have passed on the Scouting ideals from generation to generation. They received a standing ovation at the luncheon.