FBI honors Dolly Parton for work following Smoky Mountain wildfires


SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee – The FBI Knoxville branch honored one of Tennessee’s favorite daughters this week.

Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation provided $10,000 to each of the 900 families who lost their homes in the 2016 wildfires.

“The donations brought renewed hope to a community devastated by the worst natural disaster in Tennessee history,” the FBI said in a release.

The FBI awarded the Dollywood Foundation with the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Dolly sent in a video thank you to accept the award.

“Have the faith and the strength and the vision to make your dreams come true,” the icon said.

More on the Smoky Mountain wildfires here.

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