Gerald Lamont Sanders, left, answers questions about the recording studio he plans to open in Smithfield. Behind him is Smithfield planning director Paul Embler.
Gerald Lamont Sanders, left, answers questions about the recording studio he plans to open in Smithfield. Behind him is Smithfield planning director Paul Embler. Abbie Bennett abennett@newsobserver.com
Gerald Lamont Sanders, left, answers questions about the recording studio he plans to open in Smithfield. Behind him is Smithfield planning director Paul Embler. Abbie Bennett abennett@newsobserver.com

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