FBI Honors Dolly Parton For Relief Efforts After Tennessee Wild Fires The Dollywood Foundation was recently awarded the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award at the FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. The award is in recognition of her work to raise money for victims of the Tennessee wildfires that ravaged the area in 2016. The wildfires spared her famed Dollywood theme park, but destroyed thousands of other structures and killed 14 people. Her foundation created the “My People Fund” and provided $10

This is why the FBI just honored Dolly Parton

Also, the country music icon is launching a lifestyle brand with fashion, jewelry and housewares

The FBI is interested in Dolly Parton, but it’s for a good reason.

The bureau honored the country music icon for her work helping families affected by 2016’s devastating wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Just months after the fires were extinguished, Parton made good on her promise to help the residents of Sevier County, Tennessee, her birthplace and where her theme park, Dollywood, is.

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Parton’s My People Fund “issued monthly checks to 921 residents affected by the fire,” the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported. The newspaper article went on to say that “people left homeless by the fire can get $1,000 cash per month for six months.” The fires killed 14 people, and damaged or destroyed more than 2,400 structures, according to the newspaper.

For her efforts, FBI Director Christopher Wray, who is from Georgia, presented Parton with the 2018 Director's Community Leadership Award, which was accepted on the singer's behalf by David Dotson, the CEO of the Dollywood Foundation, CNN reported.

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Parton recorded a video to thank the FBI, saying it was “an honor for me to be recognized by the FBI, because there’s no higher calling than your mission to protect and serve us. And to my fellow recipients, thank you for all you do for our communities. Your work inspires all of us.”

But the good news doesn’t end there.

The eight-time Grammy Award winner announced on her website she has partnered with IMG to create a lifestyle brand will offer “everything from fashion and jewelry to homeware and accessories.”

“I am excited to be working with IMG on a global scale to give my fans products that they will cherish for years to come. You might even see my mug on a mug!” she said.

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