The Mayor of High Point, North Carolina is sticking with her decision to honour hometown heroine Fantasia Barrino on road signs, despite protests from locals.

BECKY SMOTHERS was among the officials who agreed to honour the 21-year-old American Idol winner by adding the words 'Home of Fantasia Barrino' to welcome signs on the edge of town.

But, after reading her new autobiography, locals fear they've made a mistake in honouring someone who has no love for the town where she grew up.

In LIFE IS NOT A FAIRY TALE, Barrino portrays the town negatively, dubbing it "the Land of the Dead."

But Smothers isn't interested in the petty squabbling: "There's a lot more serious things happening right now than Fantasia's signs."