published Saturday, February 19th, 2011

'Extreme'-ly at home

by Andy Johns

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew finally moved that bus that’s been blocking the view of the Sharrock home in Rossville about 4:30 this afternoon.

Fresh from a Disney World vacation, the Sharrock family arrived in a black limousine as at least 2,000 spectators and volunteers lining the street roared their approval.

The family was greeted by celebrity designers Ty Pennington, Eduardo Xol, Ed Sanders and Xzibit. The crowd kept the cheer going until the famous Extreme Makeover bus rolled out of the family’s view, allowing them to see their new house for the first time: an Irish-cottage style home of mocha and chocolate stone with bright blue shutters.

Nine year old Patrick bounced in dad Michael’s arms and pointed at parts of the house before the family headed down the pathway through their new lawn for a few shots with the camera crew.

After about 10 minutes of filming, Michael and Cindy finally opened the pecan-colored wood front door.

Pennington sneaked in through the garage, along with a gaggle of cameramen to catch the family’s reaction to the new rooms.

Executive Producer Brady Connell said that the mortgage for the home has been fully paid, In addition, he said, the Sharrocks will have a medical therapy fund from CVS Pharmacy, and scholarships will allow Michael Sharrock to finish college and Patrick to attend when he is old enough.

The show’s producers said the Sharrocks won’t say anything tonight but are planning a news conference at 9 a.m. Sunday.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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Quiroga said...

How will the family be able to afford the property taxes on this home? Certainly there was a great deal of money put into the renovation of a house which had a mortgage. How can a family with such medical expences expences pay the property taxes and insurance? I have read that most of the people that get the extreme makeover lose thier homes to foreclosue.

February 19, 2011 at 7:57 p.m.
dude_abides said...

From what I can find, Quiroga, The foreclosures are one Oregonian family stricken by cancer, and one bunch of idiots in the Atlanta area that took out a $450,000 loan against their home for a business venture that folded. Two doesn't qualify as "most". Whom should they do these things for, the people that don't need it? Let's give the Sharrocks the benefit of the doubt in the meantime, huh?

February 19, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
tlstaz6543 said...

I agree with you, dude. I would also think, with the mortgage being paid, and receiving the Walmart gift cards, they will have enough monthly to put back to be able to pay the taxes and insurance if they plan ahead and they seem like the type with knowledge to do that.

February 22, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.
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