Dolly Parton had just walked off stage after a rendition of her famous "Jolene" with Miley Cyrus on NBC's "The Voice" on a Monday late last month when she was given the news: The Smoky Mountains were burning. Her mountains — the ones she grew up in and still calls home, the mountains where her brothers and sisters live, that surround her Dollywood theme park — were on fire.
Parton went straight to her dressing room and turned on the television.
"My first thought was my family," Parton said, her voice breaking with emotion. "Just my family, that's always your first thought. It was so scary."
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