Country Music’s biggest stars have rallied to announce plans for COUNTRY RISING, a benefit concert to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes.The star-studded lineup at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on Ticketmaster.com.In light of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas this week, and out of respect for victims, event organisers have postponed the on-sale date originally scheduled for this Friday.Additional artists and more details will be announced over the coming weeks at CountryRising.org.The Nashville music community has also stepped on board to offer services to support, with AEG and Live Nation teaming up as the official show promoters alongside VIP experience experts CID Entertainment, Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Country Rising will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating storms, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.
12Apr Rep. LaFave: Road funding for Upper Peninsula Categories: LaFave News Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads.That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction.Some of the communities in line for additional funding include Menominee County ($376,372), Dickinson County ($313,720), and Delta County ($418,066). Local cities and villages also will receive funding including Carney ($3,268), Daggett ($4,290), Escanaba ($102,891), Garden ($2,044), Gladstone ($48,247), Iron Mountain ($69,973), Kingsford ($46,900), Menominee City ($72,393), Norway ($31,603), Powers ($5,225) and Stephenson ($9,488).This money will be used for the current construction season and will have a positive impact on our communities.This additional money comes on top of earlier projections and record level road funding for local allocations in 2018, including Menominee County ($4,872,198), Dickinson County ($4,005,073) Delta County ($5,389,322), Escanaba ($1,336,613), Gladstone ($626,754) and Iron Mountain ($908,997).The Michigan Department of Transportation will work closely with local road commissions to ensure our roads last longer and are properly maintained. There have already been many projects announced in Menominee, Dickinson and Delta counties for 2018 and 2019.The projects will improve road conditions and make travel safer.Some of the Menominee County projects include:• Sealing and pothole patching at locations to be determined by the road commission;• Finish paving the No. 10 Lane Bridge over the Little River; and• Complete construction of Bay De Noc Road from Birch Creek Road to north of No. 7 Road.Some of the Dickinson County projects include:• Crush, shape and pave in Waucedah and Norway townships;• Paving projects in Breitung Township;• Reconstruction and drainage correction of a section of Leeman Road; and• Paving County Road 577 and County Road 607.Some of the Delta County projects include:• Reconstruct and overlay 18.5 miles of Highway 13;• Pave 1.75 miles of County Road 416; and• Seal about 60 miles of primary and local roads.I will work closely with MDOT and local road commissions to ensure they have the resources to complete these local projects.I will continue to fight for the residents in our community and make sure that road funding makes it way north of the Mackinac Bridge.###