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Join Relay for Life June 11

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Washington County is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at Indian Trail Middle School in Johnson City. The event is free and open to the public.
This year, several musical performances are scheduled to entertain the crowd throughout the 12-hour overnight event. Groups set to perform include the Bob Lewis Band, the Jones Boys, the Hood Family Band, University Parkway Baptist Band and Road 2 Surrender.
In the mid-1970s and 80s, the Bob Lewis Band rocked several venues in the Tri-Cities area, most notably the Ambassador Lodge and the Outrigger Lounge at the former Holiday Inn in Johnson City.  Now the BLB has re-formed under the watchful eye of Bob himself, who spent decades behind the anchor desk at WJHL-TV before taking an early retirement in 2007. The current lineup includes Bob on drums, former members Darrell Church and Cindy Thurlow on vocals, former member Danny Lewis on guitar and vocals, former member Rick Stewart on bass and vocals, and Bill Keys on keyboards.
The Jones Boys Band is a four-piece band made up of Tim Babb, Jacob Jones, John Jones and Chad Blackburn. The group plays covers as well as original favorites from all musical genres.
The Hood Family Band is a southern gospel quartet from Gray, including Jody Hood, Sheila Hood, Lyndsi McCurry, and Morgan Hood. The University Parkway Baptist Church Pride Band is a Southern Baptist Praise Band, and Road to Surrender — Dustin Street, Meisha Wilkinson and Ashleigh Lingerfelt – is a Christian music ministry.
With their help and the efforts of nearly three dozen Relay For Life teams, the local ACS hopes to raise nearly $100,000 in its effort to battle back against cancer.
“The Relay For Life gives us a chance to honor survivors, remember loved ones we’ve lost and raise money to one day find a cure for this terrible disease,” said Ken Misterly, chair of the event. “It’s also an opportunity to bring our community together for a night of affordable entertainment and fun.”
Other activities taking place throughout the night include a cornhole tournament, musical chairs, an obstacle course, a wet T-shirt contest (not that kind of wet T-shirt contest) and a Mr. Relay Pageant.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. There is no cost to attend the Relay For Life, however some activities and refreshments will be offered at a nominal fee. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
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For more information about this year’s Relay For Life of Washington County, contact Cara Ledbetter at 282-7009.