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Paula Deen makes a visit home, y'all (Video)

Celebrity Chef and Albany native drops in town for a meet and greet showing off her new furniture line

After a trying summer of 2013, Albany native Paula Deen has rebounded big with a new consolidation of her businesses under Paula Deen Ventures and plans for a $20 million restaurant and retail center at Dollywood.

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CELEBRITY WATCH: Phillip Phillips and Luke Bryan releasing new songs; Paula Deen continues comeback

Luke Bryan is in Rolling Stone, Paula Deen is in People and Phillip Phillips returns for Idol performance

Phillip Phillips will release “Raging Fire” Monday, a week before Luke Bryan’s new spring break EP.

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Paula Deen says hello to Dolly(wood)

Paula Deen to open eatery near Dollywood

The first major enterprise in celebrity chef Paula Deen's comeback is Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, a $20 million restaurant and retail operation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen hits the (South) Beach

The Albany native offers another apology at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The founder of the Miami event says Paula Deen, who recently restructured her business as Paula Deen Ventures, will always be welcome at the event.

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen launches new Paula Deen Ventures

Najafi Media is partnering with Paula Deen on the new Paula Deen Ventures that will be an umbrella for her companies

Steven Nanula, who has led development of Paula Deen Food Company for the past two years, will be chief executive officer of the new enterprise Paula Deen Ventures.

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South Georgians dominate the country music charts

CELEBRITY WATCH: Phillip Phillips getting ready for Canada tour

Alex Kendrick will hit the big screen in May in a movie starring Patricia Heaton, while Paula Deen takes her cokking show on the road to New York state.

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CELEBRITY WATCH: Paula Deen hits the high seas

Luke Bryan and Jennifer Nettles have concerts scheduled for Atlanta and Jacksonville this year

Phillip Phillips appears to be focusing on song writing and studio work, while the Kendrick brothers are writing a script for their production company’s first film.

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Luke Bryan headlining first stadium shows this summer

The two-part concert tour includes a July 25 performance at the Lakewood amphitheater in Georgia

Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour includes stadium shows in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: The Albany Herald's top stories for 2013

2013 a monumental year for many Southwest Georgians

The Albany Herald filled its readers in on the meteoric rises and the precipitous falls during the past 365 days.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line big winners at American Country Awards

Fans vote Luke Bryan as the American Country Awards Artist of the Year

Florida Georgia Line are voted New Artist of the Year for the ACAs, winning a total of six awards Tuesday night.

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CMA Awards: George Strait CMA entertainer of the year (NEW: Link to video of Luke Bryan interview)

Double-nominee Luke Bryan of Leesburg performs moving memorial tribute to brother and sister

George Strait wins the top award at the Country Music Association Awards.

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Bobby Deen's Albany cookbook signing draws crowd

Bobby Deen, youngest son of Paula Deen, has placed a healthy twist on her recipes

Celebrity chef Bobby Deen has given recipes of his mother, Paula Deen, healthy tweaks so that they can be eaten more often.

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Native son Deen returns home for book signing

Celebrity chef and Albany native Bobby Deen will sign copies of his New York Times bestseller “From Mama’s Table to Mine” Saturday at the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Center.

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Bobby Deen to sign copies of new book in Albany

Bobby Deen will meet fans, sign his latest bestseller and enjoy a homecoming Nov. 2 when he comes to the downtown Albany Welcome Center.

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Luke Bryan album goes platinum

In just six weeks, Crash My Party has been certified platinum, the second album by country music superstar Luke Bryan to attain that designation.