Dolly & Phil are BFF's: Here's 8 Pictures of the Governor with the Country Music Legend

Dolly Parton and popular former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen have had a close friendship for many years. Here's some photos:

1. There was that time Phil gave Dolly her star on the Music City Walk of Fame...

 In 2009, Governor Phil Bredesen helped induct Dolly into Nashville's prestigious Music City Walk of Fame.  Read more about it here . 

In 2009, Governor Phil Bredesen helped induct Dolly into Nashville's prestigious Music City Walk of Fame. Read more about it here

2. Or when they had some cake together.

 While Phil Bredesen was serving as one of Tennessee's most popular governors, he partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to create  the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation  - giving all kids in Tennessee free books every month. 

While Phil Bredesen was serving as one of Tennessee's most popular governors, he partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to create the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation - giving all kids in Tennessee free books every month. 

3. They celebrated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park anniversary together.

 When Phil Bredesen was governor,  he worked tirelessly to protect Tennessee's  natural beauty. In the above image, he and Dolly Parton celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Newfound Gap. 

When Phil Bredesen was governor, he worked tirelessly to protect Tennessee's natural beauty. In the above image, he and Dolly Parton celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Newfound Gap. 

4. ...and they read books to some Tennessee kids.

 In 2018, it was reported that Dolly & Phil's efforts thru the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and the Imagination Library  have given over 100 million free books to Tennessee kids. 

In 2018, it was reported that Dolly & Phil's efforts thru the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and the Imagination Library have given over 100 million free books to Tennessee kids. 

5. Then they sang a little song...

6. They've cheered on the Vols together...

7. Phil even gave Dolly her degree!

 When Dolly Parton spoke at the University of Tennessee commencement in 2009,  Phil Bredesen was on hand  to help grant her an honorary doctorate degree. 

When Dolly Parton spoke at the University of Tennessee commencement in 2009, Phil Bredesen was on hand to help grant her an honorary doctorate degree. 

8. But all this should come as no surprise: they're both Tennessee heroes and share our Smoky Mountain Values. 

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