the Breaux Bridge native who began performing and recording Cajun music as a child in the 1990s, had the No. 1 country single in America last week with his song "Wanted." The 21-year-old also was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame earlier this month. Hayes just concluded a tour where he opened for Taylor Swift, and he will be opening for Carrie Underwood when she tours later this year.
Eric and Adam Lambert
organized a food and necessities drive for Orleans and Plaquemines Parish residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. The brothers, who are native Algerines, organized volunteers in Tennessee and Alabama. The volunteers collected two truckloads of supplies, and the Hotel Monteleone and Bienville House donated rooms for the drivers who brought the emergency goods to Louisiana.
Capital One Bank
has donated $80,000 to groups assisting communities impacted by Hurricane Isaac. The chief beneficiaries are the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, but Capital One Bank is matching donations up to $20,000 for a variety of groups, including the Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana, the Salvation Army, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
former chief deputy of New Orleans Traffic Court (and no relation to the former city councilman of the same name), was sentenced to seven months in prison and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to pocketing nearly $10,000 in traffic fines. The extent of his crimes was revealed after investigations by the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office and WWL-TV.