Dolly Parton and her East Tennessee businesses are reaching out to help those affected by the Waverly, Tennessee floods which destroyed many homes, businesses, and caused the death of more than 20 people.
Dolly was moved to help after seeing the damage caused in Humphreys County, the home of her good friend, Loretta Lynn. Lynn was quick to offer her support to the Smokies in 2016, so Parton was inspired to reciprocate the gesture.
Dolly said in a statement, “After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could. It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”
Parton, through Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge dinner show properties, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud will each donate a portion of ticket sales from October 2-3 to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County, the charity selected by Lynn.
15 inches of rain fell in a relatively short period of time in late August. Loretta’s ranch in Hurricane Mills was severely damaged by the flooding that occurred.
The foreman of Lynn’s ranch was also killed when he was swept away in the floodwaters.