“It was just a small way I could help”
Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses have raised $700,000 to help residents affected by the recent floods in Tennessee.
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On August 21, more than 500 homes and 50 businesses were damaged after 17 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours, tearing rising water through Humphries, Hickman, Houston and Dixon counties.
Parton chose the United Way of Humphries County to receive and distribute his donation, as suggested by his friend and fellow country music legend Loretta Lynn. Wayne Spears, a foreman at Lynn’s farm, was among those killed in the flood.
Forced to help and return a favor after the Smoky Mountain region received a lot of support during the 2016 Sevier County wildfires, Parton said in a Statement: “After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first people who reached out to give anything.
“It meant so much to me that Loretta – and so many others – was willing to give in any way I could. It was just a small way that I could help Loretta’s people because they helped my people.” for whatever you did.”
Flood relief money was raised by donating a portion of ticket sales from Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud – their Dollywood theme park and their Pigeon Forge dinner show properties – during October 2–3 . Weekend.
Meanwhile, Parton has put her seal of approval on a recent cover of her signature song ‘Jolene’ from Lil Nas X.
The rapper took Parton’s 1973 song from his album of the same name during a session as part of BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge last month.
Parton has since shared the cover of Lil Nas X on Twitter and posted on Instagram a picture they took together At the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. “I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X did my song #Jolene. I had to find it and hear it right away…and it’s really cool,” she wrote.
“Of course I love him anyway. I was shocked and I’m honored and happy. I hope he does well for both of us. I hope he does well for both of us. Thanks @LilNasX.”