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January 18, 2003

PEACE AND, ER, LOVE? Knoxville band Jag Star will be travelling abroad to entertain troops for the U.S.O. Unfortunately, this has gotten them hate mail:

But a couple of weeks ago, Jag Star was notified it had been selected. "When I read the email, I was sort of stunned imagining going to Afghanistan. But I want to go. I hope it brings out the patriotic part in me. It'll be cool to hang out with the troops and talk to them." . . .

They've gotten some nasty emails from people against the war. "Some people have said to me, 'I don't believe in war, I don't believe what they're doing,'" Lewis says. "I don't think it's fair to say that because I don't think those people want to be over there to kill someone. I think they want to be home with their families. I hate talking about politics because I know how angry people get. I think our job is to go over there and give them something positive."

Lewis says she's looking forward to talking with many of the troops while she's there.

I mentioned Sarah Lewis earlier here when she won a prestigious national songwriting award. Here's the band's website.