SMOKY MOUNTAIN MEMORIES: Dolly Parton’s take on the classic comes to mind as a treasure burns

“I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken.  I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared.” – Dolly Parton

“Smoky mountain memories keep me strong,” Dolly sings in the video above, and it’s hard to think of anything better you can say as the videos pour in of the carnage to one of our country’s national treasures. One person’s act of casual, callous cruelty can’t possibly define this region’s history of hard work and determination more than Parton’s beautiful take on the Earl Thomas Conley / Dick Heard-penned song.

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