McMinnville celebrates ‘hometown girl’ set to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

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The city of McMinnville is celebrating the announcement that Dottie West will be one of three 2018 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Dottie was born in Warren County and grew up in McMinnville.

“She was proud of her hometown,” Mayor Jimmy Haley told News 2. “Everywhere she went, all around the world, she always gave a shootout to her city of McMinnville.”

Next to McMinnville city hall, a museum displays Dottie’s memorabilia including gowns and performance outfits.

Some of the memorabilia comes from friends and family while other items were donated by fans.

“She’s a hometown girl,” Haley said. “She grew up just a simple girl with a lot of ambition and she had a talent that gave her a beautiful voice. She was able to use that in the early pioneer days of women in country music.”

Dottie was killed in a car crash in September 1991 at the age of 58.

In the years that followed, Haley was part of campaigns to get Dottie inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“We’ve done petitions and we’ve done several events in McMinnville to promote Dottie,” Haley said.

On Tuesday, the Country Music Hall of Fame revealed its 2018 inductees — Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Gimble and Dottie West.

“I was excited because it’s been so long coming and long awaited,” Haley said. “When you look at the impact that she had, as a country female singer in the early 1960s, coming from a little town in Middle Tennessee, and basically using her voice to become a worldwide superstar. I think this induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is long overdue. We’re happy that, after all these many years, she’s been able to receive the recognition that she has.”

Steve Wariner will perform a tribute to Dottie on April 21 in McMinnville.

The city is in the proces of planning other events leading up to the induction later this year.

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