GAC and Dolly Parton Team Up to Host Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon in Support of the Tennessee Wildfire Relief Efforts



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Following several weeks of raging wildfires that cost 14 lives and ravaged the area of Sevier County, Tennessee, and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains, the town of Gatlinburg reopened its businesses Friday morning. But the devastating effects of the tragedy will be felt throughout the state for weeks and months to come.

Tennessee holds a special place in the hearts of us here at Food Network. Our parent company, Scripps Networks Interactive, calls Knoxville home, as does the team at Great American Country, which is also owned by Scripps Networks Interactive. Dolly Parton, too, is a Tennessee native with strong ties to the Great Smoky Mountains, and on Tuesday, Dec. 13, GAC will team up with her to host the Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon, which will air on GAC at 8 p.m. EST, to benefit the ongoing wildfire relief efforts.

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said in a press release yesterday. “Wildfires have affected many of the people — my people — who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

Along with fellow musicians, including Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers, Parton will perform during the telethon, and viewers watching at home can call in and make a tax-deductible donation. All contributions will go to the My People Fund, which Parton launched in response to the emergency.

If you’d like to help the relief efforts by making a donation, tune in to the telethon on GAC on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. EST, or visit

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