published Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Rossville: Sharrock family discusses new home

by Andy Johns
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    Michael and Cindy Sharrock and their son, Patrick Sharrock, participate in a news conference Sunday morning outside their home in Rossville. The family received a new house built in a week on the site of their old house through the television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Staff photo by John Rawlston

ROSSVILLE — The house has been built, the bus has been moved and this morning was finally time for the Sharrock family to reflect on their new home.

“That’s the most beautiful house I’ve ever seen,” said Michael Sharrock, whose family has been at the center of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in the Lakeview area this week.

As film crews gathered their last few shots, the family held a press conference this morning a little after 9 a.m.

Nine-year-old Patrick again stole the show, talking about the trip to Disney, the house and of course cracking a few jokes.

“What do you get when you mix Holy Water and castor oil?” Patrick asked the crowd. “A religious movement.”

Cindy Sharrock, who was brought to tears a few times during the presentations, said the response from the community has been overwhelming.

“I’m already thinking about how I’’m going to pay it forward,” she said.

Her husband Michael called the UTC scholarship a “dream come true.” He said the outpouring of love from area residents has shifted his perception from guarding Patrick against crowds to now embracing the community.

“It makes me have to reset the way we think,” he said.

Other gifts included:

*a new Ford bus with wheelchair lift

*fiber optic internet service for 1 year

*home and car insurance for one year

*an iPad, school supplies, wooden spoons and scented candles

*a pair of shoes for each family member every year for 10 years

*free hair cuts for a year

*a build scrap book

*one meal per week at Applebee’s for a year

*$100 per week in Walmart gift cards for one year

*a new lawn mower

*joke books

*a free house cleaning

*gift baskets from Chick-Fil-a, UTC

*lifetime membership to the Chattanooga Zoo

*special hearing aids for Cindy

*makeover and spa treatment for Cindy

*free year of financial planning

*12 months of hospital and respite care

*six months of free physical therapy

*free termite prevention system

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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