A statue of Dolly Parton can be erected because of the Tennessee Capitol.
State Representative John Mark Windle proposed such a statue on the property to recognize all of the land icon’s contributions to the state.
The creation and installation of the statue would be funded by “non-governmental sources” such as “gifts, grants and other donations”, which would be put into a separate account that would provide funds for the development and implementation of the plan, according to Windle’s bill. . He proposed a similar plan for the maintenance of the statue after installation.
In addition, the artwork will be commissioned and “will require input from the public and other interested parties in order to develop the plan, including proposed design concepts for the statue.”
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In June, an online petition was filed suggesting that a statue of Parton, 74, should replace those dedicated to Confederate officers.
“Tennessee is filled with statues commemorating Confederate officers,” the petition reads. “History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise. Let us instead honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton.”
The petition cited her music and Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and philanthropy as reasons for her potential recognition.
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“Let us replace the statues of men who tried to tear this country to pieces with a monument to the woman who has worked all her life to bring us closer together,” the petition reads.
On Wednesday evening, more than 25,000 signatures were collected.
Recently, singer “9 to 5” has been praised publicly for her $ 1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research, which helped Moderna develop a vaccine that they say is almost 95% effective, according to the New England Journal of Medicine,
Fans even went to Twitter in November 2020 to thank her, jokingly crediting her for “saving the world” with her donation.
Parton later spoke to “Today” about the vaccine and the role she is credited with playing in its development.
“I’m just happy that everything I do can help someone else,” she said. “When I donated the money to COVID[-19] fund I just wanted it to do well and obviously it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure soon. “
A spokesman for Parton did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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The “Christmas in the Square” star also appeared on “The One Show” in the UK, where she explained that she “just felt so proud to have been a part of the little seed money that will hopefully grow into something good and help in healing this world, “according to the BBC.
However, the singer’s other achievements should certainly not be overlooked as she is considered as country music’s most influential artists. She has earned nine Grammys and 50 nominations.
Twice she has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song with additional Golden Globe nominations for her music and acting. And the star also saved a dancer on the set of her latest film from being hit by a vehicle.
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“We were on the set and I was on the hot chocolate station and they said, go back to your starting positions,” dancer-actress Talia Hill told former Inside Edition. “So there’s a vehicle in motion and I went and then someone grabbed me and pulled me back and I looked up and it was Dolly Parton and I was like … surprised.”
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President Obama has also acknowledged that she “deserves” a Medal of Freedom and joked that he would “call” Joe Biden and put a good word to the song stressor.