In Carter’s hometown, community prepares for final farewell

FOR residents of the rural hamlet of Plains, Georgia, there is only one thing more beloved than its famed crop the peanut, and that is Jimmy Carter.

The former US president and native son has put the town and its nearly 600 residents on the map, luring tourism dollars as well as swarms of reporters throughout his life, especially at times of his major achievements: the Nobel Peace Prize, his 75th wedding anniversary, visits by dignitaries such as Joe Biden.