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Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at state capitol

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 19:08:14-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A statue of Dolly Parton could soon grace Tennessee's state capitol if a new bill is accepted by the state legislature.

The bill would place a statue of Parton outside the capitol facing the direction of Ryman Auditorium.

"The bottom line is she treats other people right. She does what she's supposed to do and she doesn't talk about it," said Livingston Democrat Representative John Mark Windle. "Dolly Parton is a kind, decent, compassionate person."

Windle said he doesn't know of another Tennessean who's more deserving of having representation at the capitol. He said he'd like to have a statue created for her while she's still around and can enjoy it.

"She doesn't have to be as generous as she is," said Windle. "She spends and contributes so much money. She doesn't have to do that. She's a great example for us. And at this point in history, I think it's important to have good examples and she is an example of a decent person. Who is renowned around the world."

Windle said he believes he will have bi-partisan support for the bill. He said there won't be any taxpayer funds used to design, build or place the statue.