Extreme Makeover leaves mark on Robinson Road neighborhood

Extreme Makeover leaves mark on Robinson Road neighborhood


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It has been a week since the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew rolled out of town after building a new home for a Knoxville family.

During the build, people who live on Robinson Road had to tolerate several inconveniences.

"Challenges were coming in and out of the subdivision, because even though we had passes, you had to stop, so security people could check it everyday," said neighbor Janis Lanternier. "The noise was kind of high level, and the light shining because there was a spot light across the street."

There was also a lot of damage caused to neighbor's yards.

"That is where the auger bit was," explained Lanternier. "It was this huge auger bit laying there."

Lanternier has several large ruts in her yard created by machinery. Also, the edges of the road near her home were damaged by all the truck traffic.

On January 20, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero sent a letter to neighbors explaining that city crews would be cleaning the street, repairing any road edges and potholes, and cleaning roadside ditches.   

"There's nothing that someone wouldn't expect," said neighbor Trent LaRue. "The city came out and worked for a few days after they left. I still believe they have a couple of days work to do, but we are pretty happy with the outcome."

LaRue's property was used for the large foot tent. Several ruts were made by trucks in his yard. Producers of the show have promised they will be leveled out eventually.

Both neighbors say despite the headaches the experience was worth it.

"I thought it was fun," said Lanternier. "I met people from the show. I met volunteers. I talked to neighbors I didn't know before, so it was very interesting."

Some of the neighbors got an exclusive tour of the Watson's new home for letting the show use their yards.

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