Hometown, Church Mobilize to Support Plains’ Jimmy Carter
Residents of Plains, Georgia, say they're grateful that Jimmy Carter has never forgotten his hometown.
As the former president undergoes treatment for cancer that has spread to his brain, the town of less than 800 people is ready to support him. Friends say they hope yard signs, well wishes and entertainment will keep the 90-year-old Carter's spirits up.
Carter's 1976 election to the presidency made Plains a tourist destination. Main Street stores are stocked with Carter memorabilia and peanut souvenirs. Nearby sites include a gas station once run by Carter's brother Billy and the farm where Carter grew up helping in the fields and family store.
The Carters' home is just outside downtown Plains, surrounded by an iron fence. Residents say Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter care deeply about their hometown.