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A concert offers more than just a handout.
It's a unique idea to give the homeless hope.
To most, it looks likes a concert in a park, but Bret Swayn sees a reason to be encouraged.
"It's overwhelming, it's incredible, and it speaks volume about Nashville," says Lambscroft Founder Brett Swayn.
Swayn's ministry, known as Lambscroft, is helping to encourage and improve the lives of Nashville's homeless.
For Swayn, it's personal.
Less than 10 years ago he was also homeless, but eventually a door was opened, and he became a top chef at a local steakhouse.
"Becoming aware of our own brokenness is really the first step to really understanding how to help someone else's," says Swayn.
Saturday's concert is raising money for Lambscroft's newest effort. He wants to open "The Cookery," a free culinary training facility for local homeless people.
"No job, no home, no vehicle, no address or phone number to even put on applications," says homeless man Eric Cunningham.
Eric Cunningham is one of the dozens of people who have been served by the ministry.
"Just been a blessing to me. The love they've shown me, and the community that I've become a part of, it's a tremendous blessing," says Cunningham.
Local churches and pastors also support Lambscroft, and its focus on solutions.
"It's not just about doling out money, but it's about really giving hope and love and helping people find their purpose and their place in life," says Hope Center Pastor Steve Flanigan.
Brett Swayn has lived on the streets and never wants to return.
Now he's dedicated to opening the door for others.
"Getting people off the street and restoring them in any way that God gives us," says Swayn.
"The Cookery" facility is located on 12th Avenue South.
Leaders are hoping Saturday night's concert will raise the last bit of money needed to open the doors.
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Monday, August 20 2012, 12:34 AM CDT
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
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IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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