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April 16--  Former State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons and his family are moving to Rome, Italy where he will represent the United States in the World Food Program sponsored by the United Nations.

tommiewilliamsWilliams was appointed to the job by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue with whom he worked in the Georgia Senate while Perdue was governor.

He and his family expect to move in mid-summer, meanwhile, he'll be spending time at the Agriculture Department in Washington learning the job, "I'll be working with the World Food Programs domiciled in Rome to be an agricultural counselor and look at how they are spending U.S. funds and reporting back to Sonny Perdue's office and the United Nations on the world food programs and how they are facilitated.

"It's really a mission to feed starving people around the world.  Some of it is from famine and drought in third world countries which don't have secure governments and abilities to feed themselves and some is in war torn areas where people are left destitute from war.

"I'll be taking a lot of educational trips to third world countries in places where there are actually boots on the ground," he said.

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