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JACKSON SHOWS HIS ANGELIC SIDE

When country star Alan Jackson tips his white Stetson to the folks in his hometown, they know he's the real thing.

"He worked right here as a waiter in the dining room," says Donald Sprayberry, owner of Sprayberry's Barbecue, a local landmark. "He always used to be as bashful and quiet as he is right now. That's no put on. He is a really fine boy. That's just his nature."

Jackson was scheduled to headline a benefit concert today at Newnan High, where he and his wife, Denise, went to school. Proceeds will help build an emergency children's shelter.

Since December, $400,000 has been raised, much of it from donations, yard sales, fishing tournaments, even a haircut-a-thon. The shelter also received a $50,000 state grant and five acres from Temple Inland timber company.

The emergency shelter will be called Angel's House. It will offer 30- to 90-day emergency care in a 10-bed facility. Plans to open are tentatively set for early 2002.

Jackson remains modest.

"All I'm going to do is show up and sing."

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