published Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Sharrocks search for hope chest lost in move

by Andy Johns


The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode featuring the Sharrock family will air at 8 p.m. May 15 on WTVC-NewsChannel 9.

Most anyone would give up a hope chest — even a handmade one — if it meant getting a new house, but the Sharrock family of Rossville is hoping they don’t have to.

A few weeks after moving into their new house, built by the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew and Vision Homes, Michael, Cindy and Patrick Sharrock noticed they hadn’t seen a pine hope chest that Michael built by hand.

“There’s no telling where it might have gone,” he said.

Sharrock said he built the chest for his stepdaughter when she was 9. She now is 20 and living with other family members.

He had hoped to give it to her when she moved out on her own, but he said he could make another one if the original doesn’t turn up.

“We have no hurt feelings about anything,” said Sharrock. “We can’t compare what has turned up missing to what we got. It was definitely worth it.”

The chest is made of dark pine. It has two porcelain knobs with pink roses and an unusual split-top opening mechanism. The Sharrocks estimate it is about 24 inches high, 30 inches long and 16 inches deep.

Beth Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Big Hearts build team that coordinated the build, said they don’t know where the chest went but are trying to follow up with the volunteers who moved the furniture out of the original home.

Some furniture was stored, but the Sharrocks also marked some to be donated and some to be trashed. The family still has a lot of things in storage, but Sharrock said he had looked through the unit and couldn’t find the chest.

He is asking anyone who may have seen it to call 423-634-9070.

Johnson also provided a few more details about the night the show will air on ABC.

She said the Big Hearts group is looking for a site for a community viewing party. The Sharrocks and the builders will watch the show together privately but are expected to appear at the community event when the episode ends.

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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Soddynooga said...

I just lost two minutes reading this. Can someone help me find it?

April 23, 2011 at 7:01 a.m.
esaletnik said...

Soddynooga said... I just lost two minutes reading this. Can someone help me find it?

You are a fast reader, I lost 3 minutes

April 23, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
rosebud said...

I wonder what they had for breakfast this morning. Maybe that will be front page on Sunday.

April 23, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Wait till this family gets next years tax bill.They will start crying/complaining/whining again.Enough of this family and this crap fake realityshow.What are the neighbors going to do when this house drives up all their property taxes????Get over this Chattanooga, the 10 minutesof fame has passed,Jeeezzzzzzzz

April 23, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
esaletnik said...

It’s pitiful what stories go un-reported in the local press in favor of articles like this. For example Extended Benefits for unemployed Tennesseans have been cut off due to the Tennessee legislature not acting to keep the benefits coming from a federally funded program. North and South Carolina were smart enough to act to keep dollars coming in and stimulating their economies. But the Tennessee legislature either doesn’t know about it or ignoring a program that would stimulate our economy. You won’t find that reported locally. You have to read the Huffington Post to get that information. But we know all about a lost chest.

April 23, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
alohaboy said...

esale, some of us think unemployment past a few months is welfare. Next thing you will be asking for a tax increase to pay for schools and roads.

April 23, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
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