Country legend Dolly Parton stated that she is heartbroken over the wildfires that have been raging through Eastern Tennessee leading into the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. The fire has caused at least seven deaths as it blazed over 16,000 acres, per a Nov. 30, 2016 article on the Washington Post. in addition to property damage in the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Parton’s popular Tennessee theme park, “Dollywood,” is in Pigeon Forge, although the theme park has reportedly escaped the damage that has affected Sevier County. Dolly Parton a statement on her website on Nov. 29, 2016.
“I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared.
.Parton herself has not been in Tennessee, as she has been busy making appearances on television, promoting her new album Pure & Simple and her new movie. She was in Hollywood to appear as a mentor on “The Voice” on Nov. 29. Attached is a video of Parton, Miley Cyrus and Pentatonix singing “Jolene” on “The Voice.”
Dolly performed live at Christmas at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in a televised special on NBC on Nov. 30, 2016. Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” premiered on NBC following the holiday special at Rockefeller Plaza. The movie, like last year’s “Coat of Many Colors,” is based on a true story from Parton’s childhood about her family.