NASHVILLE (WSMV) - A Tennessee State Representative has introduced a bill that would bring a Dolly Parton statue to the capitol.
If passed, the statue would be on the capitol grounds facing the direction of the Ryman Auditorium.
According to the bill, it reads:
The state capitol commission, at regularly scheduled meetings, shall develop and implement a plan for the commissioning of a statue of Dolly Parton, to recognize her for all that she has contributed to this state
The commission shall solicit input from the public and other interested parties for purposes of developing the plan, including proposed design concepts for the statue.
The Dolly Parton statue would reportedly be paid for through a separate account within the state general fund financed by gifts, grants, and other donations received from non-state sources.
"Dolly Parton is a kind decent and compassionate, for us all. She speaks to us through her songs and through her actions and she is the best example of what a leader should be today," Representative John Windle, who introduced the bill told us today.
When we asked about who would pay for the statue, he says that state funds will not be used.
"This will be funded by private funds and certainly I won’t name who they are but several people are from music row that we all know their name have all offered to write a check and pay for it tomorrow," Windle says.