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TN lawmaker introduces bill to install Dolly Parton statue on capitol grounds

According to the bill, the statue will be created and installed to recognize Dolly Parton for all that she has contributed to Tennessee.

TENNESSEE, USA — Tennessee Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) has introduced a bill (HB0135) requesting the state capitol commission to start planning the installation of a statue of Dolly Parton on capitol grounds.

According to the bill, the statue will be created and installed to recognize Dolly Parton for all that she has contributed to Tennessee.

The statute will be located on the capitol grounds facing in the direction of the Ryman Auditorium.

"I really believe that Dolly Parton transcends entertainment, and she is the type of figure that can unify Tennessee, America and the world. We should celebrate that and recognize that," Representative Windle said.

Representative Windle is also asking for the commission to request input from the public and other interested parties for purposes of developing the plan, including proposed design concepts for the statue.

The bill explains that there will be a separate account within the state general fund that will be known as the Dolly Parton fund. The fund is for the design, construction, and installation of the statue.