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Dolly Parton says thanks but no thanks to Tennessee state capitol statue, for now

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Dolly Parton asked Tennessee state legislators to remove her from consideration for a statue at the Capitol after a bill was proposed last month.

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RALPHIE AVERSA: Dolly says thanks but no thanks to a statue at the state capitol, for now. The icon doesn't address politics often but she broke from that on Thursday. Parton issued a statement in response to a move from Tennessee State legislators. Last month, they introduced a bill that would establish a Dolly Parton statue on state Capitol grounds.

Parton's an East Tennessee native. But Parton doesn't quote, "think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time." She thanked lawmakers, and asked for the bill to be removed from all consideration. Parton continued that her hope was down the road if they still felt she was deserving to reconsider.

Yeah, this isn't the first time that Parton exhibited a sense of modesty and self-awareness. Earlier this month, I chatted with her for USA Today's Ad Meter Live about the million donation she gave to Vanderbilt for COVID-19 research.

What was it that compelled you to make a donation to Vanderbilt?

DOLLY PARTON: I think I'm getting more credit than I deserve. But I was just so happy to even just be a small part, and have the seed, you know, to plant a seed that would grow into something bigger.

DOLLY PARTON: According to a spokesperson for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Parton's donation funded three critical efforts for COVID-19 research, including the early stages of the Moderna vaccine.