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Flood of Love benefit set for Sunday at Vernon’s

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Just saw the weather forecast for the weekend, and Sunday looks to be a gorgeous day. Highs in the low 80s, only a 20 percent chance of showers … which means you can’t use the skies as an excuse not to go to the “Flood of Love” benefit taking place from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Vernon’s Grill, 9670 Countryside Center Lane in West Knoxville.

It’s being put on by some Farragut High School alumni to help out some classmates who lost everything during the recent deluge that did so much damage in the Nashville area — Michelle Spampinato Anderson, Sharon Walker Calvert and Jason White.

According to the website: “Music will be provided by Tall Paul, Michael Crawley, Frankenfoot, David Helton, Doug Shock, Jason Ellis, Tod Sheley, Chris Youngblood, Logan Murrell and other guests. This family-friendly event will have face painting and a kid zone complete with a sno-cone machine, cotton candy, inflatable basketball hoop game, bounce house, slide and small climbing area courtesy of Ultimate Mega Parties. Delicious food provided by Sandbars Coastal Cooks.

“Auction items include Bruce Pearl autographed basketballs, opportunities to meet Coach Pearl and Coach Dooley, lunch at the UT Training table and tour of the sports facilities for six (6) people, multiple pairs of tickets to see the Atlanta Braves and Tennessee Titans, a pair of 50 yard line tickets to see the Vols – complete with parking pass next to Neyland Stadium, various sports memorabilia items, spa packages, gift card packages, resort packages, restaurant gift certificates and even a beautiful white dogwood tree. FHS alumnus and ‘Reno 911‘ creator Ben Garant has graciously donated a leather jacket worn by his character Deputy Travis Junior — complete with signatures from the ‘Reno 911′ cast.”

It’s free to attend; show up and have some fun.

Written by wildsmith

May 21st, 2010 at 6:27 am

Local folks, entertainment accomplishments

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Farragut High School zombies!

How cool is this??? I wish I’d had a teacher like this when I was in high school. I received this e-mail last night from Lea McMahan, formerly of Blount County and a Heritage High alum. It’s too cool not to share.

Hi. My name is Lea McMahan and I’m a theater teacher at Farragut High School.  I grew up in Blount County (Wildwood) and graduated from Heritage High School in ‘86.

This semester my advanced theater students and I decided to produce a movie instead of doing a spring play.  We decided on an old-school horror movie -zombies, to be exact.  Six of my students wrote the 32 page script.  Then we filmed it – now we are in editing.  We will premiere our movie on April 24 & 25 on the Farragut High School campus.

Would you please print one of the photos I’ve attached for publicity purposes?  My students and I have worked so hard on this project & we would love to have an audience to view it!

Most awesome, Leah. Congrats! I hope you handed out Max Brooks’ “World War Z” as assigned reading!

In other “local folks do good” news, got an e-mail from Blount County boy Rob “Storm Taylor, whom some of you may know from his days as a Knoxville deejay and from TV. (He hosted “Yokel,” which aired on Turner South for a season or so.) Lately, he’s been hard at work on a new film, producing “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.” It’s a documentary being made under the MTV banner about “Dancing Outlaw” Jesco White, and it seems to be going places, Storm told us — he’s taking it to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, taking place at the end of the month, and he’s got a sweet 9 p.m. slot on Saturday, April 25, to show it. Congrats, Storm!