Griffith, Parton Receive High Honors

Andy Griffith and Dolly Parton are among the celebrities being honored by President Bush in Washington. Griffith accepted his Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at the White House. Bush also awarded Muhammad Ali, Carol Burnett, Aretha Franklin, Alan Greenspan and Jack Nicklaus, among others. … In related news, Dolly Parton is among 10 people to be presented the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, from the National Endowment for the Arts. However, Parton will not be able to attend the ceremony on Thursday (Nov. 10) in Washington but will accept at a later date.