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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s faith community wants newly elected City officials to know that they’re here to offer a helping hand, as well as a watchful eye.

Telly Smith is part of the Green Ambassador Program.

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“I’m doing the same thing I do every week,” Smith said.

“To help out the community, to clean up the streets of Baltimore.”

The program provides job training sponsored by Wheelabrator Baltimore and a coalition of local churches.

“This is a covenant with government,” Rev. Al Hathaway, of Union Baptist Church, said.

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Rev. Hathaway is the leader of Act Now Baltimore which has 14 faith-based hubs in each one of the cities designated jurisdictions.

The organization has been around for two years. Now, it wants to get many of the newly elected officials inside Baltimore City Hall on board.

“We are here to collaborate. If necessary, we are here to critique, and when there are instances in which interests are not being met on behalf of people, we will confront,” Rev. Hathaway said.

Clergy members are prepared to tackle crime and the inequities in vaccine distribution. They said they want to make sure that the people in office are doing what they promise.

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“Most important is making these connections, and you can’t always make them inside a building,” Alex Smith, Supervisor of the Green Ambassador Program, said.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are selling their private island in the Bahamas for $35 million, and it's an 80-minute flight from Miami

The lagoon islands of the Exumas in the Bahamas, seen from an airplane in June 2012. EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are selling their private island in the Bahamas for $35 million.
  • The millionaire country music couple bought the 20-acre island in 2003, when it was mostly undeveloped. 
  • They spent years building a compound that includes a 6,517-square-foot main house, beach yurts, and staff quarters. 
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are selling their private island in the Bahamas for $35 million, according to reports from the New York Post and Architectural Digest.

The nearly 20-acre island, known as L'île d'Anges or Goat Cay, is part of the Exumas, a chain of 365 islands in the Bahamas. Accessible by boat or seaplane, the island is about an 80-minute flight from Miami. 

When the country music power couple bought the island in 2003, it was largely undeveloped. McGraw and Hill then spent years building a compound that includes a 6,517-square-foot main residence, beach yurts, and staff quarters, according to the listing, which is held by Knight Frank. 

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2018. John Shearer/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

The couple didn't move into their home on L'île d'Anges until 2012, Hill told Architectural Digest in a 2017 interview, when their property landed on the cover of the magazine. In the interview, the singer said the project had taken much longer than she and her husband had expected.

"We set out to build a house. We had no idea we had to build everything else," Hill said. "We basically had to build a little town."

In addition to the main residence, the compound includes 5,000 square feet of covered verandas and passageways, two yurts on the beach for guests, three staff houses, storage and engineering facilities, and a private dock.

A satellite view of McGraw and Hills' island in the Bahamas. Google Maps

"We wanted it set up so that when we brought people down, they'd get the same feeling that we got when we first came," McGraw told Architectural Digest in 2017. "The same reaction to the pristineness of it, to how relaxed it feels. The house is functional, but it really blends into the environment."

The couple did not disclose how much they spent building up their "little town" on L'île d'Anges. But as two of the biggest names in country music, the musicians are worth millions. In 2019, McGraw made $18 million and Hill raked in $15 million, landing both singers spots on Forbes' list of highest-paid country music singers of the year.

McGraw and Hill are not the only celebrities to have snapped up real estate in the Exumas. Johnny Depp is said to have paid $3.6 million for a 45-acre island in the Exumas in 2004, and Europe's richest man, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, reportedly bought the 135-acre Indigo Island.

Representatives for McGraw and Hill did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment for this story.

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