May 12, 2010

Flooding in Nashville

There are so many horrible disasters happening around the world lately, including extensive flooding in Nashville, Tennessee, the center of the country music recording industry.  You may recall that my former executive assistant, Liesl Menning Haynie, moved to Nashville, where she lives with her husband, country music artist, Kevin Haynie and their adorable son, Luke.  Naturally, I was concerned for them because their home is located quite near the Harpeth River and I was relieved to hear that they survived the flood.

Liesl explained that Kevin was on the road touring with Josh Turner and she was at home with Luke.  The rain started on Saturday, May 1st, which was when she also lost power.  The rain came down in torrents and when it stopped Sunday evening, more than thirteen inches had fallen.  Liesl, who stayed indoors with the baby had no way of knowing about the rapidly rising river and was horrified by what she encountered outside.

Liesl, who now works as manager to multi platinum country music artist, Clay Walker, explained to him what happened in her neighborhood and he donated a generous sum and told her to buy food and supplies and stay home and help her neighbors.  Liesl purchased items, such as latex gloves, goggles, buckets, brooms, mops, bleach, and bug spray, as well as food and beverage.  Liesl, Luke, and Kevin, who returned on Monday, provided sustenance and moral support to their neighbors in need.  Liesl also wanted me to mention that the Grand Ole Opry is still happening.  All performances are taking place in the original, historic Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium.  And, MusiCares helps those in the music community that are victims of the flood.