Dolly Parton Corona Virus Cure Donation

Dolly Parton donates one million dollars to battle Covid 19.
Dolly Parton donates one million dollars to battle Covid 19.

Dolly Parton Corona Virus Cure Donation. Smoky Mountain icon, Dolly Parton helps fund a corona virus vaccine.

A $1 million donation by Sevierville’s favorite daughter, Dolly Parton, was instrumental in assisting the development of the Moderna vaccine, which according to a company spokesperson appears to be 94.5’% effective. The vaccine was created, in part, by the donation that Parton pledged to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Education Center in April. 

Parton was quoted crediting her longtime friend, Dr. Najo Abumrad, who is involved in research at the prestigious university, with telling her about the exciting work going at the school. Motivated by the project, Parton tweeted in April,” I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt toward that research and encourage people that can afford it to make donations.

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Trillium Gap Trail Opens

Grotto Falls is one of the many highlights of Trillium Gap trail!
Grotto Falls is one of the many highlights of Trillium Gap trail!

Trillium Gap Trail Opens after two years of rehabilitation.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials celebrated the completion of a two-year Trillium Gap trail project on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. The 6.7-mile Trillium Gap Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park leading hikers to Grotto Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The trail reopened a few days ahead of schedule following work completed by the park’s Trails Forever crew, American Conservation Experience Conservation Corps, and volunteers.  

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