Lawrenceville man makes TV pitch to buy American products

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The first tenet of Clyde Strickland's strategy to save America's economy is to pray.

So the local philanthropist took his pitch, which encourages people to buy American products, to the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

"We would end unemployment in its tracks," if the nation caught on to the idea, Strickland said, adding that more store managers are stocking their shelves with items made in the U.S.A. "It's gaining momentum every day."

Strickland and Jim Maran, the president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, taped an episode of "Joy in Our Town" with Rachael Miller last month. It will air four times, beginning next week.

The show is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30.

"This thing is moving like wildfire," Strickland said. "In five years, we'll change the whole face of America."