If approved, the statue would be paid for by the “Dolly Parton fund,” which would include gifts, grants and other donations. The public would have a say in the statue’s design, too, according to Windle’s bill. CNN has reached out to Windle for comment and is waiting to hear back.
A sculpture of Parton would be a decidedly less controversial addition to the Tennessee State Capitol, which housed Confederate monuments.
Parton hasn’t publicly commented on the proposal. CNN has reached out to her representatives and is waiting to hear back.
But to feel Parton’s love for her home state, one only has to listen to her 1973 classic about her rural upbringing, “My Tennessee Mountain Home.”
“In my Tennessee mountain home
Life is as peaceful as a baby’s sigh
In my Tennessee mountain home
Crickets sing in the fields nearby.”