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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton is planning a major expansion of Dollywood, her theme park in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains.
The $300 million expansion was announced Wednesday.
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The first attraction is a new roller coaster, The Fire Chaser Express, which is scheduled to open next year. Parton said the inspiration behind the coaster is heroes who step up to fight fires in the area.
A 300-room luxury hotel and spa located within the park will also be part of the expansion.
The project is expected to create more than 2,500 new jobs in Sevier County.