Dolly Parton, Peter Greenberg create Tennessee documentary

ZZ Peter and Dolly at Dolly's statue in Sevierville

Peter and Dolly at Dolly’s statue in Sevierville/photo submitted

By Cindy Dupree

Internationally-known travel journalist Peter Greenberg recently spent two days touring Tennessee with entertainment legend and native Tennessean Dolly Parton for the Brand USA travel celebrity series.

The two-day whirlwind tour included visits to Nashville and the Smoky Mountains with stops at Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Tootsies, Arnold’s, Studio B, Dollywood, DreamMore and a stop at the Dolly statue in Sevierville. The crew also filmed Olympic kayaker Eric Jackson at Rock Island State Park, capturing some of Tennessee’s breathtaking scenic beauty and outdoor experiences.

The documentary will also feature Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Northeast Tennessee and is expected to air internationally in multiple markets in 2016.

It is no wonder that Peter Greenberg requested Dolly Parton as his Tennessee celebrity. Parton is one of an elite group of individuals to receive at least one nomination from all four major annual American entertainment award organizations: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In 2004, the U.S. Library of Congress gave her the distinguished Living Legend Award.

In 2006, she was selected to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Five years later in 2011, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In December 2015, NBC will air the made-for-television movie “Coat of Many Colors.” DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge has opened and the announcement was recently made for Lightning Rod, the world’s first launched wooden roller coaster, coming to Dollywood in 2016. Songwriting, recording and touring are always on for Parton.

A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms. The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg hosts a new television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg” on public television. The series offers 42 half-hour episodes that seek to empower audiences with travel news, must-have information and insider tips known only to a select few.

Greenberg was tapped by Brand USA to produce celebrity travel documentaries for all 50 states to air internationally as part of Brand USA’s marketing efforts.

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