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Photo courtesy of Lowe's Companies / Kane Brown is pictured at the East Lake Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga. The club is the first community center that will benefit from the 100 Hometowns program created by Lowe's to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga will be getting an update thanks to 100 Hometowns, a $10 million program created by Lowe's to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Country star and Chattanooga-area native Kane Brown was on hand last week to meet with associates at the Hixson Lowe's where he used to work and to visit the East Lake club to discuss plans for its remodel as part of the program's launch.

As part of the celebration, Lowe's is asking people around the country to nominate a hometown project in need of restoration and share their hometown stories. Lowe's will award the grants in June to help recipients "complete projects to build, repair, beautify, inspire and improve 100 communities across America with the goal of completing the projects this year."

Brown didn't meet with kids at the club because they are in school, but plans to when he returns for the re-opening this summer.

"My community in Chattanooga has always been there for me, and I'm so excited to give back to my hometown this summer with Lowe's," Brown said in a news release.

"We will be making renovations and repairs that will help the East Lake Boys & Girls Club continue to be the 'home away from home' for youth. This club is incredibly special – despite facing many challenges in 2020 due to COVID, they still found ways to support and uplift its neighbors during an incredibly difficult time for everyone."

In June 2020, Brown released the song "Worldwide Beautiful," a song about the need for peace and equality. It benefits the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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Photo courtesy of Lowe's Companies / Kane Brown is shown with associates at the Lowe's in Hixson where he used to work. The club is the first community center that will benefit from the 100 Hometowns program created by Lowe's to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga CEO Jim Morgan said on Tuesday that Brown met with Lowe's associates at the Hixson store and then traveled with them to the club.

"It was a great day," Morgan said. "He seemed happy to tell stories about working there."

Nominations for 100 Hometowns will be taken through April 19. Nominees can provide photos and video as part of the application. Eligible project types include community spaces (such as parks, senior citizen or youth centers), neighborhood housing, cultural preservation and area revitalization, among others.

Participants must be 18 years old or older and can nominate up to two unique projects each.

"For generations, serving the community has been a core part of Lowe's culture and values," said Lowe's president and CEO Marvin R. Ellison in the release. "As we celebrate this centennial milestone, the 100 Hometowns program is yet another demonstration of Lowe's belief in the power of possibility, and our unwavering commitment to making homes better for all, now and for the next 100 years."

Brown grew up and lived at various times in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. He attended several schools in the region, including Red Bank, Soddy-Daisy and Ridgeland and while a student at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, he befriended fellow country star Lauren Alaina. The two have performed and recorded several times together in recent years, including "What Ifs."

Brown married Katelyn Jae in 2018 and they have a daughter named Kingsley Rose Brown.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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