Dolly Parton Pledges $500,000 to Hometown Hospital

Dolly Parton will give $500,000 to a new hospital in her hometown of Sevierville, Tenn., in honor of Dr. Robert F. Thomas, the country doctor who delivered her in 1946. The hospital and cancer patient center is expected to cost $10 million. She will also perform a May 20 concert at Smokies Park, a minor league baseball stadium in Sevierville, to raise funds for the hospital. At a dinner to celebrate state approval of the hospital, Parton said, “Daddy paid him with a sack of cornmeal, and I’ve always joked that I’ve been raking in the dough ever since.”