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Dolly Parton raises money for Nashville, Tennessee flood victims

5:45 PM, May 20, 2010   |    comments
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The devastating floods in Nashville have inspired a lot of people to give.

Sevier County's own Dolly Parton is leading a donation effort with a little help from social networking.

"I want to thank Dolly Parton for her efforts on behalf of the flood victims in Nashville and Middle Tennessee," Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said as Jacob Timmons and Adam Chapman recorded his statement.

The team from S.D. Professionals is shooting short interviews with Sevier County leaders and uploading them to the internet.

"We're posting it to social media networks like Facebook and we're tweeting about it and putting it on reddit," Jacob Timmons said. "In two or three days we're getting 4,000 to 5,000 hits on the videos. And the moment we upload a video, the donation counter starts turning."

People participating in the impromptu interviews Thursday include David Dotson with the Dollywood Foundation, Leon Downey with the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Jim Hedrick of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, and Mayor Waters.

It's all an effort to create buzz for this weekend's fundraising for "Dolly Helps Nashville."

Parton will donate proceeds from admission ticket sales at Dollywood, Splash Country, and Dixie Stampede. The Tennessee celebrity is also collecting donations for flood relief on her home page www.DollyParton.com and letting fans know about the efforts on her facebook page.

"My neighbor who is in her 80s, she found it on facebook and she made a donation from facebook," Timmons said.

Those who know Parton are not surprised.

"Dolly has two homes. She has her home in Nashville and of course her home here. She moved to Nashville 46 years ago. So I guess it's best the way she says it, she has two homes and if one hurts then the other should help," David Dotson said.

Jacob Timmons is helping Parton's efforts for flood relief, in part, because he survived Hurricane Hugo isolated on his family farm in South Carolina.

"The National Guard came in and started dropping food, literally in our field. And the food was wrapped with 'With Love From Tennessee,'" he said.

Love and money is headed to Nashville flood victims from Dolly Parton with a little help from her friends, including her facebook friends.

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