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Grace Moore dollhouse dedication and Gem City Wresting will be held May 19

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PETER SAWYER

 On May 19, in Veterans’ Park, Jellico will dedicate Grace Moore’s dollhouse.

Moore, who was from Jellico, became a famous actress and opera singer. 

She was nicknamed the “Tennessee Nightingale,” a press release from Jellico said.

“She was one of the most popular people that’s ever come from Jellico,” Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett said.

Moore was born in 1898 and died in a plane crash in 1948.

When Moore was a child, she had a playhouse in her backyard that she called her dollhouse, Bennett said.

The dollhouse was about 100 years old and in “shambles,” Bennett said.

But Bill Payne restored it.

The dollhouse will be dedicated at Veterans’ Park, and open to the public. 

“It will be ready to rock n’ roll on the 19th,” Bennett said.

Mayor Les Stiers will say some words, and there will be a picture of the original house next to the dollhouse, Bennett said.

The dedication will be open to the public. There will be some memorabilia behind glass inside the house, Bennett said.

Gem City Wrestling

Gem City Wrestlers will return to Jellico May 19 for their first match of the season.

“They really put on a show,” Bennett said.

The Gem City Wrestlers will come once a month for the next four months, Bennett said.

The match will be held for free in the stage area of Veterans’ Park at 8 p.m.