Roanoke Rapids Banking On Randy Parton To Build Entertainment Mecca

The city of Roanoke Rapids is counting on the brother of country music superstar Dolly Parton and the theater in his name to build an entertainment destination.

Randy Parton is best known for riding the coattails of his sister and a handful of country songs of his own. But he is the linchpin for Carolina Crossroads. That's an entertainment hub that will feature live entertainment, retail shops and other prospective attractions.

The Randy Parton Theatre is the foundation. The city of Roanoke
Rapids borrowed 21 million dollars to build it. It's scheduled to open today with a two-hour Parton show titled "A Little Bit of Life."

Some doubt the location will live up to expectations. Parton had his last hit in 1983 when "A Stranger in Her Bed" reached Number 92 on the charts.