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General Lee comes to town to aid flood relief efforts
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Kenneth Morton and his sister Katie Morton smile while getting an up-close look at a General Lee on Monday in McMinnville.

On a day John Schneider was scheduled to visit McMinnville to help flood victims in Waverly, the “Dukes of Hazzard” star was dealing with storm issues of his own.

A Louisiana resident, Schneider was facing the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Monday afternoon at the same time a supply collection he helped organize was taking place at the Northgate Center parking lot.

Even without the man perhaps best known for playing Bo Duke in attendance, Monday’s collection in McMinnville drew a crowd. 

Visitors young and old gravitated toward the General Lee to get their picture made by the iconic Dodge Charger.

Local resident Robert Raymond was in the back of a tractor trailer stacking bottled water and bags of dogfood which had been donated. He said a collection held earlier Monday in Sparta also drew a crowd and generated plenty of donations.

Jason Greeno and Coty Jones were two local residents who showed up at the McMinnville collection site with their arms full of essentials.

“It’s sad to think some people lost everything,” said Jones. “God is good. This country is all about volunteering and helping others in need.”

The brunt of the flooding struck the Waverly area on Saturday, Aug. 21. Four days later, Schneider had organized supply collections in Tennessee because he has a home here and has a love for the Volunteer State.

Little did he know when organizing the local collection he would be dealing with his own weather woes. Hurricane Ida ravaged the Louisiana power grid, leaving all of New Orleans and hundreds of thousands of other residents in the dark with no timeline of when electricity might return. New Orleans suffered major flooding and damage to homes and businesses.