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A statue for Dolly?

A Tennessee lawmaker is spearheading a new campaign to honour Dolly Parton with a statue.

John Mark Windle, a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, wants to celebrate the singer's contributions to her home state, which recently included a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University's COVID-19 research team.

"At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is a kind, decent, passionate human being?" says Windle. "She's a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her."

If his colleagues pass the bill, the statue of Parton would be funded via donations, grants and gifts and sit outside the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Windle's initiative is sure to be popular among Tennessee locals - over the summer, a petition to replace Tennessee's Confederate monuments with statues of Parton garnered thousands of signatures.

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