published Thursday, January 27th, 2011

LIVE from the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' news conference


by Andy Johns

One Chattanooga area homeowner will get a visit from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Ty Pennington on Feb. 13 when the reality show star and his bullhorn tell the family they’ve been selected as the television show’s project house.

The homebuilders spearheading the Extreme Home Makeover build in Chattanooga say they will cram six to nine months of construction into seven days when the reality show shoots in February.

"That's the norm, but this isn't the norm — it's extreme," said Jason Willard, owner and chief manager at Vision Homes.

At a news conference this morning, Willard and co-owner Craig Smith made a plea for volunteers, saying it would take a community-wide effort to build the house.

Neither Smith nor Willard would say where the project house would be, citing an agreement with the ABC television network.

According to the sponsorship packet network representatives are leaving with Chattanooga area businesses, the completed house will be revealed on Feb. 19. The show will also feature a “pep rally” at the Chattanoogan Hotel on Feb. 3, a kickoff on Feb. 14, and a fundraiser Feb. 17.

Follow a REPLAY of our live coverage from the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" news conference in Chattanooga.

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 ...

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as ...

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I am so excited about this!!

January 27, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
USAthebestJESUS said...

god bless whichever family gets this new dream house. it is a gift from jesus. never forget the freedoms he gives us in this great country.

January 27, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
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