Families and friends will be meeting loved ones this week at Fort Campbell, where more soldiers are returning from Afghanistan!
About 240 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, known as the "Rakkasans," are due home Tuesday night. The soldiers have been in Afghanistan for nine months.
On Wednesday, about 100 members of the 101st Airborne's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, or the "Wings of Destiny," will complete the unit's return, and brigade commander Col. Paul Bontrager, will also be welcomed back.
So happy to have them home! Bless them. I don't think I could be that brave.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have begun delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK through a website called Safe and Well. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.
The Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, Okla., as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army's relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you're sending a check make sure you put the words "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.
Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA announced it's providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief says it has deployed at least 80 volunteers to respond to severe weather in Oklahoma. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO's Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800. You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Just like you, I went to bed last night praying for Oklahoma and woke up with that same prayer in my heart. Here is what some of our friends in the country music community had to say in response to the news of the devastation.
"I rode my bike through those neighborhoods,” Toby Keith said in a statement. “I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all.”
Reba McEntire was born in Oklahoma. She took to Twitter on Monday with sympathies for those affected by the devastating twister. “All my prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma dealing with these tornados. Stay safe everyone!!!!” she posted.
Trisha Yearwood, who lives in Oklahoma with her husband Garth Brooks tweeted late Monday night, "#PrayForOklahoma. Pray for everyone devastated by these storms, but especially for those families in Moore, OK."
For Carrie Underwood, born in Muskogee, Okla., tweeted: "Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen...it doesn't change how devastating it is when something does happen. I'm thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight."
@RonnieDunn:"We got out just before it hit.Those poor people. We will help when and where we can."
@JoeNichols :"Oklahoma, you are in our prayers."
@MartinaMcbride:"Watching this Oklahoma footage. So sad and scary." #prayersforoklahoma
@Reba :"All my prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma dealing with these tornados. Stay safe everyone!!!!"
@BlakeShelton: "Just landed in LA and hearing about all the tornados in Oklahoma right now... Get somewhere safe!!!"
Happy Birthday George! This #1 is for YOU!
George Strait had plenty to celebrate this weekend! He turned another year older and earned his 60th career #1 with "Give it All We Got Tonight"!!
You knew about the big "60 for 60" campaign. There were signs, you heard us talking about it on the BIG 98! It all started around Valentine's Day when some of his FANS...yes FANS...that means YOU...were looking for the perfect GIFT and thought this would be something even BETTER than money could buy! So, the “Sixty for Sixty” campaign was born. It snoballed, picking up support from George's record label and some of the industries BIGGEST George Strait fans like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Scotty McCreery!
Well, we did it!! Pat yourself on the back and know that you gave George Strait a Birthday that he'll never forget.
Pen Jillette Magically Disappears:Trace Adkins is your new Celebrity Apprentice!
Five years after Trace Adkins finished as runner-up on “Celebrity Apprentice,” he walked away with the title of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night during the finale of Donald Trump’s reality TV competition on NBC.
The Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and Wynonna Judd all made the trip to the Big Apple to donate money to Adkins during the series’ last challenge. In addition, race car driver Tony Stewart made a donation, as did NFL player Tim Tebow, who was running late and nearly missed the chance to turn in a HUGE check.
With the win, Adkins raised more than $1.5 million for the American Red Cross.
Taylor Swift's Magic Number was 8!!!
Taylor left with 8 out of 11 Billboard awards that she was nominated for!! It was a magical night!! She performed "22" — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons.
She should sleep with one of those awards under her pillow in case some creepy dude tries swimming up to her house again!! She could just whack him over the head with it and that should take care of him til the police arrive. Just sayin'
Taylor told the crowd, "You are the longest and best relationship I ever had." We're not going anywhere, right?
Congratulations to our friend, Taylor!
Music City Center Finally Opens!
It was on my agenda, but the neighborhood block party won over the kids and unfortunately, I was over ruled!
More than 15,000 showed up yesterday to see what 585 million can get you! The facility totals 2.1 million square feet and includes 1.2 million square feet of public space, and a garage with 1,800 parking spaces.Its major features include a public art collection; a 57,500-square-foot grand ballroom, which seats 6,000; and a nearly eight-acre exhibit hall. The building’s environmental sustainability features include a panel and a green roof.
Grand opening events included a free open house, tours and live music throughout the building as well as children’s activities in the exhibit hall. Activities wrapped up with music on the plaza featuring Phil Vassar and 10 Out of Tenn.
The festivities continue today with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. Open house will be this evening between 5pm and 7pm. The live music happens between 6-9pm with Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Mikky Ekko and FIREWORKS!!!
I highly suggest you start your day off the same way I did today! With THIS!! So excited for summer and Zac Brown at CMA Fest!! We'll have to wait til September for Southern Ground Food and Music Festival, but it will be worth the wait!! Check out the line-up and get your tickets HERE!