Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains telethon raises nearly $9M

In a star-studded telethon, country music legend Dolly Parton raised money for the Tennessee community she calls home


NASHVILLE — Dolly Parton’s star-studded “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” telethon has raised nearly $9 million so far, and donations are still being counted.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have donated from all over the country and to my friends who donated their time, their talent, and money for My People,” Parton said in a statement. “The response has been so overwhelming that we haven’t been able to count all of the donations yet; right now, in total, we have raised about $9 million for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.”

The telethon aired Tuesday on a host of networks, including GAC, AXS-TV and RFD, and featured more…