Rodney in the GAC Headlines!

Aug. 20, 2009 — Country artists generally get high marks for their efforts in reaching out to the community. Carrie Underwood, Rodney Atkins and Tim McGraw are the latest examples of the genre’s stars doing some sort of good work by linking with charities or simply making public appearances.

Carrie, Rodney and songwriter Craig Wiseman — author of Kenny Chesney’s "Summertime" — are all contributing in their own ways to non-profit agencies that support people or animals in need. Tim is the first artist on board to return to Canada to make up for the loss of a festival concert that was cancelled in the wake of the storm that injured Billy Currington and some of his band members and killed a fan who was crushed under a speaker.

The details follow:

• Rodney visited East Tennessee on Tuesday to perform for 70 kids at the Holston United Methodist Home for Children, The Greeneville Sun reported. His appearance helped honor a new renovation to the facility, where he resided as an infant before he was adopted by Allan and Margaret Atkins, who were on hand for the event. One of the residence halls on the Holston Home campus has been named after Rodney.

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