Dolly Parton and her business establishments donated $700,000 to people affected by flooding in Middle Tennessee in August.

As suggested by her friend and fellow country music legend Loretta Lynn, Parton channeled the funding through the United Way of Humphreys County.

Lynn lives in Humphreys County, and her ranch in Hurricane Mills was damaged by the catastrophic flood.

Parton said she chose to help out in return for the support her Smoky Mountain businesses received after the Sevier County wildfires in 2016.

“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Parton said in a statement. “It meant so much to me that Loretta — and so many folks — were ready to give in any way they could.”

“This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people. I hope that this money can be put to good use to help the people of Middle Tennessee with what they need during their recovery,” she added.

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