Dolly Parton Surprises My People Senior Activity Center

Says, "I'm a Senior, Too."

On Monday (May 7), Dolly Parton returned to her home county in East Tennessee for a special dedication of the My People Senior Activity Center in honor of Parton’s parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton.

The Sevier County facility was formerly known as the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center, and the name change is part of a rebranding initiative with a goal to differentiate the center apart from other local medical facilities.

During her visit, she toured the center’s woodworking shop, briefly helped lead an exercise class and interacted with seniors working in quilting, wood-carving and wood-burning. She was even given a membership card so she could enjoy the same amenities that are available to other members.

“I’m a senior, too,” Parton, 72, said during the center’s dedication ceremony. “When I was over in Sevier County High School, I couldn’t wait to be a senior, and now that I’m in my second childhood, I’m a senior again. Anyways, I saw one of my old boyfriends from high school. He said, ’Dolly, you look like a million dollars.’ I said, ’Well, thank you. That’s just about how much it’s cost to make me look like this.’

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