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SOUTHEAST COLLECTS FURNITURE FOR MIDWEST FLOOD VICTIMS; FURNITURE CONVOY LEAVES ATLANTA FOR ST. LOUIS ON THURSDAY

 ATLANTA, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- A large donation of household furniture for Midwest flood victims is heading for St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 2.
 The convoy contains some 1,200 pieces of furniture donated by residents of five southeastern cities.
 Convoy officials estimate the donated items for St. Louis to be the largest furniture shipment to date for flood-affected Midwesterners.
 It departs Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 2, at daybreak, via Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn., and arrives at the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Center west of St. Louis that night.
 More trucks will join the convoy in Birmingham. The furniture was collected in August by Rhodes Furniture Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta.
 "The furniture's arrival is particularly timely," said Jay Tenenbaum, marketing director for Rhodes and convoy organizer. "After clean up comes restoration, rebuilding and refurbishing those structures affected by water damage.
 "Our volunteers have donated their time this Labor Day weekend, because this truly is a labor of love, a tribute to the American spirit."
 The convoy enters Birmingham (8:30 a.m. CDT, I-20, Ala. 78, I-59) and Nashville (Noon CDT, I-65, I-265, I-65) en route to the GM Assembly Center (10 p.m. CDT), 35 miles west of St. Louis in Wentzville, Mo.
 The convoy arrives in St. Louis via I-64 (8:30 p.m. CDT), heads for Wentzville via I-270 and I-70W, and exits Exit 212A (Route A), within view of GM Gate No. 1.
 The furniture will be distributed to Midwesterners by The Salvation Army. GM and United Auto Workers are helping store, distribute and deliver furniture for the relief effort.
 Furniture manufacturers are providing drivers and trucks for the 700- mile journey.
 Rhodes executives are buoyed by local contributions and support by residents of its "America's Furniture-thon" cities in the Southeast.
 Rhodes Inc. is an Atlanta-based, publicly held retailer with 77 furniture stores in the Southeast and Midwest.
 The $300 million company trades under several names, including: in Birmingham, Marks Fitzgerald Furniture; in St. Louis, Crossroads Furniture; in Knoxville, Tenn., Fowler's Furniture Center; and as Rhodes Furniture in 30 other cities.
 Rhodes Inc. is listed on NASDAQ as "RHDS."
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 /CONTACT: Scott Watt, 404-432-2409 for Rhodes Furniture, or Mary Roberts of General Motors, 314-327-2147/
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