Morrow: Dolly Parton opens gates for flood relief

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is opening the gates at Dollywood to help out the flood relief effort in Nashville.

During the weekend of May 22-23, the "net proceeds" from tickets sales at Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and Splash Country water park will be earmarked toward flood relief efforts in Music City, said Pete Owens, the publicity manager for the theme park.

"Several hundred thousand dollars" could be raised in the two-day fundraiser, he said.

Dollywood is making the announcement official of the benefit today.

Parton lives in Nashville. She said recently her home, which is near a river, did not sustain major damage from the recent flood in Middle Tennessee.

However, some of her memorabilia at the Grand Ole Opry was in danger of being destroyed.

The benefit plan will go beyond the ticket sales for the two days. Donors also can go to dollyparton.com, where donations will be accepted, too, Owens said.

* Oprah! The entire hour of "Oprah" will be devoted Friday to Dolly Parton and Dollywood, the theme park has announced.

The Pigeon Forge theme park is marking its 25th anniversary this season. Parton taped her appearance with host Oprah Winfrey this past week in Chicago.

A week ago, the Travel Channel was at Dollywood to tape an episode of "Bert the Conqueror," which will air later this summer.

* Souie. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will be on "The View" on Tuesday to promote his new book "Teaching the Pig to Dance." The talk show airs at 11 a.m. weekdays on ABC.

And on Friday, Oliver Springs native Levi Kreis and the cast of the Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet" will perform on the show.

* Conversation. WVLT, Channel 8, will present a 30-minute special centering on anchor Alan Williams' recent interview with Kenny Chesney.

"The Good Stuff: A Conversation with Kenny Chesney" will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27.

Williams talks to Chesney about his career, his memories of growing up in East Tennessee and his plans for the future.

Terry Morrow may be reached at morrowt@knoxville.com or 865-342-6445. His blog can be found at http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/telebuddy/. He contributes to "Live At Five At Four" on WBIR, Channel 10, and "The Marc & Kim & Frank Show" on WWST-FM, 102.1.

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