Shared from the 2017-04-15 Chattanooga eEdition

Dolly Parton tweets approval of University of Tennessee class

Singer Dolly Parton this week tweeted her approval of a University of Tennessee Knoxville class that explores her “hillbilly” roots and rise to stardom, saying the course “sure is a blessing.”

The class “Dolly’s America” explores how hillbillies and feuds began as made-up characters and tropes in novels and cartoons to the rise of hillbilly music, Christian entertainment and the intersection with tourism, according to the university.

“From the girl voted in High School ‘least likely to succeed’ this sure is a blessing!” Parton tweeted after the class was recently featured in the Torchbearer, UT’s alumni magazine.

“Dolly’s America” is taught by Lynn Sacco, an associate professor in the Department of History. Required materials include Parton’s book, “Dolly: My Life,” and other books about Appalachia. At the end of the class, students write papers answering the question “What was Dolly Parton’s America?”

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