Dolly Parton isn’t the only country star to lend a hand to the victims of the East Tennessee fires that severely damaged the region.  Kenny Chesney and the C-M-A have announced they will donate a half-a-million dollars to Smoky Mountain Relief to aid families devastated by recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN. The wildfires were responsible for 14 deaths and more than 2,400 homes and business that were damaged or destroyed.
Dolly Parton, Big & Rich, Amy Grant, Chris Janson, Alison Krauss, LOCASH, Montgomery Gentry, Reba, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, and more will perform during “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” telethon airing next Tuesday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM/ET) on Great American Country. AXS TV, RFD, and the Heartland Network have been added as broadcast partners.  “Smoky Mountains Rise” also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains and several other platforms. and USA Today National Network plans to live steam the telethon.
Thanks to Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Tim’s mom, Betty Trimble, Christmas came a little early for a number of people in Macclenny, Fla.  Management of a Walmart in Macclenny have confirmed that, on Tuesday, Tim’s mom (who lives nearby) went to the store and paid off $5,000 worth of items in layaway for various customers on Tim’s and Faith’s behalf. The paid-off receipts were presented to customers along with a Christmas card from the country couple themselves, which reads “Merry Christmas” and is signed from McGraw and Hill.