Country star Tate Stevens to be recognized on water tower in Belton

BELTON, Mo. - Country music celebrity and Belton, Mo., native Tate Stevens will be officially recognized high above his hometown Monday.

His hometown will let the newly minted singing star know just how proud townspeople are of their native son when officials dedicate Belton's freshly repainted water tower in his honor.  The message emblazoned on the front: "Home of Tate Stevens, Live the Dream!" 

On March 31, crews finished painting his name on the 160-foot-tall water tower.

The town's residents and the former Belton Mayor Jimmy Odom led the effort and raised the money on their own to have the tower painted in singer's honor.

Odom and others will recognize Stevens at the newly adorned water tower near the intersection of Interstate Highway 49 and Missouri Highway 58 in Belton. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

Stevens is expected to be there. He used to be a city employee in Belton before living the dream and winning Season 2 of  the TV talent-show series "X Factor".

Stevens said he will continue to live in the area until his two teenagers graduate from high school.

He has already landed a record deal and has a new single out titled "Power of a Love Song."

He said recently in a press release, "I'm so incredibly humbled by this honor."

The dedication ceremony on Monday morning comes a day before his debut record is released.

Click here to watch a video time-lapse of crews repainting the Belton water in Tate Stevens' honor.

City of Belton Missouri Water Tower Painting for Tate Stevens from Ken Smithers on Vimeo .

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