Sevierville celebrations 30 years of 'Dolly in Bronze'

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevierville is celebrating 30 years of the Dolly Parton statue in historic downtown with a special exhibit entitled 30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Highway 66. The statue was originally erected on the courthouse lawn.

Jim Gray, the sculptor of the bronze piece that has become a landmark in Sevierville, said the piece took him nearly 2,000 hours of work to complete.

"We actually have the stool that she sat on while he was working on the sculpture," said Amanda Maples Marr with the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. "She even autographed it to Jim Gray, and it's really sweet. You can read that message that she had for him and sort of see the pieces that went into putting this together."

Many of the unique items related to the statue's completion have rarely been on display before. Now, however, they will be available for the public's eyes through December. The exhibit is open at the Sevierville Visitor's Center during regular hours through the end of the year.