Downtown Macon road named after homegrown country star Jason Aldean
MACON, Ga. -- A portion of downtown Macon was named after a local music star on Friday.
The portion of Pine Street between Spring Street and New Street was named Jason Aldean Way at a ceremony at the Medical Center Navicent Health's Eversole Auditorium.
This dedication comes after Aldean raised more than half a million dollars at his Concert for the Kids benefiting the Children's Hospital, Navicent Health. He will host another benefit concert Friday night at the Macon Coliseum.
Money from those two concerts will be used to construct the Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital.
"I love being from here," Aldean said. "You know it’s one of those things no matter where I end up from here on out, Macon will kinda always...it’ll always be home. So I like to come back here any chance I can get and obviously if there’s any way to help out then that just makes it that much better."
The Medical Center proposed the road naming to commemorate the work Aldean did to raise money for the new center. The proposal was later approved by the Macon-Bibb County Commission.
"You want to make your hometown happy," Aldean said Friday at the dedication. "This is honestly one of the coolest things that's happened in my career."
Aldean is a native of Macon and has been known to support his hometown fervently in the past. He even filmed the music video for "Gonna Know We Were Here" in downtown Macon in 2015.