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Dolly Parton Donates $200,000 To Volunteer Firefighters

Dolly Parton Donates $200,000 To Volunteer Firefighters

March 24, 2019

Dolly Parton has donated a total of $200,000 to eight volunteer fire departments in Tennessee who helped battle the deadly wildfires in 2016.

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Dolly met with all of the fire chiefs in Sevier County to thank them for their role in fighting the 2016 wildfires.

Through her Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund, she donated $20,000 to each volunteer fire station and gave $40,000 to their area training center.

"It is only fitting that the last of the My People Fund will go to those who were the first to respond to the fires," Parton said in a press release.

Tim Baker, the chief of the Walden's Creek Volunteer Fire Department, said his department will use the money to purchase gear and replace the roof of their station. Baker went onto say that Parton's donation to their training center will help build a new classroom in the facility.

"This is fantastic. We needed about $40,000 to meet our goal for the classroom and now we have it," Baker said.

Dolly's My People Fund was also able to provide $5,000 each to more than 800 families who lost homes in the wildfires.

This Delta Flight Was Piloted By A Mother And Daughter Flight Crew

This Delta Flight Was Piloted By A Mother And Daughter Flight Crew

March 23, 2019

A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta shared a photo of a mother-daughter pilot team — and the internet can't get enough of it.

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Passengers on the flight were stunned to learn they were in the hands of a family piloting team — Capt. Wendy Rexon and her first-officer daughter, Kelly Rexon.

Passenger Dr. John R. Watret posted a tweet including a photo of the mother-daughter duo that has since gone viral.

"Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great Flight. Inspiring for young women," he wrote.

Watret — who is chancellor of the Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida — learned about the crew's relationship after a woman boarding the aircraft asked a flight attendant if her two kids could visit the pilots.

He said he overheard the family talking about the mother and daughter flying the plane, according to a university release.

"I thought that was amazing. I was in awe. I asked if I could visit them, too," Watret said.

"It's good for aviation and inspiring for all of us."