- Dolly Parton: After massive fires in East Tennessee, I knew that I had to do something to get my people through these hard times and see them land on their feet on the other side
- Once you make the Smokies part of your life, the mountains will live in your heart forever, Parton writes
Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Dollywood theme park. The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.
(CNN)Everybody who knows anything about me knows I was born and raised in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Even though I left to follow my dreams the day after I graduated from high school, my family and my mountains are where my roots are and where my strength has always come from, especially during hard times.