Hard-core Vols fan David Keith likes what he sees so far from new coach Derek Dooley.
“I’ve had quite a bit of communication with Derek and had lunch with him,” Keith said recently during an interview in Beverly Hills. “I feel so good about this guy.
“I feel so good that he is going to be 100 percent involved in every single aspect of that side of the athletic department. He’s not going to sit back and let all the other little kings run their (kingdoms).
“He’s going to take charge and make sure things are done his way. If you’re not that kind of coach, you cannot run a football team. You have to micro-manage.”
Keith, who never met Lane Kiffin, is high on Dooley’s work ethic. “I like the way he approaches things,” he says. “It’s all about the kids, and you won’t hear him refer to the football team as ‘products.’ ”
So will we have a winning season?
“We’ll have a fun season,” Keith said. “The expectations are so low that it can only get joyful.
“Losses aren’t going to hurt as bad and victories are going to feel better. That’s why I am looking forward to the season.”
Keith is making it a priority to get back for games. He’ll be working in Texas for the next few months on his new prime-time series “Lone Star,” which will air on Fox.
He co-stars as a con artist who has taught his son all his tricks. Jon Voight also stars in the series.
Keith lost his sideline pass six years ago so he sits in the stands now. However, if he cannot make it back for a game, he has a 60-inch flat screen TV in Texas with a nice view of the game.
“I’ll do all right,” he says.
n New tunes. Sevier County native Dolly Parton is reportedly writing new tunes to use in her upcoming feature film with Queen Latifah.
Parton will co-star in “Joyful Noise” for Warner Bros., with filming starting in Atlanta during early 2011. No release date has been announced yet.
The musical-comedy will deal with a small-town Southern choir in need of a director after the one they had died. “(The) story centers on an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down,” according to a report from Variety.
Parton will play the widow who was married the choir’s director. Latifah will play the new choir director.
“Joyful Noise” marks Parton’s return to feature films. She hasn’t acted in a theatrical release since 1992’s “Straight Talk” with James Woods.
n Living ‘Dead’. Knoxville actor Linds Edwards has a brief role in the new AMC zombie series “The Walking Dead,” premiering Oct. 31.
“My character was Leon Basset who was a young rookie cop-turned-zombie,” Edwards told Knoxville.com writer Jer Cole.
“Although he was a short-lived character, I feel as though he gave the show a great presence that the cast and crew enjoyed.
“Everyone wanted Leon to live throughout the series, but due to the storyline, which is the most important part of any project, Leon had to be killed.”
“Dead” is a comic book series written by Kentucky native Robert Kirkman.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln, John Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies.
“This show should be the next best thing to happen to AMC since ‘Breaking Bad,’ Edwards said.
“Dead” is directed by Frank Darabont, who also helmed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile.”
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