Dolly Parton calls college course about her a "blessing"

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Dolly Parton has called it a "blessing" that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is offering a class about her.

According to The Tennessean, Parton tweeted this week, "From the girl voted in High School 'least likely to succeed' this sure is a blessing!"

The university says the course named "Dolly's America" lets history honors students study how a "hillbilly" girl from Appalachia became an international one-word sensation.

The country singer is a Sevier County native. She was a commencement speaker at the university in 2009 and received an honorary degree. She has provided college scholarships as part of her charity work.

The course will be taught by Lynn Sacco, an associate professor in the Department of History. Materials assigned for the class include Dolly Parton's book Dolly: My Life, along with other books about the Appalachian region. A wider watch list for the class will include broader subjects, such as those seen in the television program The Beverly Hillbillies.

For more information on the course, visit the description here.