A Pigeon Forge mother at a crossroads in her life is at the center of the reality show "Redneck Rehab" this weekend.
According to CMT, Cherie Sparks of Pigeon Forge is "on the heels of an unfortunate divorce and on the cusp of a pivotal lifestyle change" during the episode airing 10 p.m. Saturday. Her relatives are worried Sparks has lost touch with her "redneck roots," and they want to do something about it.
Sparks is "accustomed to the finer things in life" these days and "spends her days relaxing at the spa and nights out with her girlfriends," CMT said.
Her relatives want to remind her where she came from. To accomplish that, the family had Sparks filleted a fish. "Going into the filleting of the fish I thought 'this can't smell any worse than changing a dirty diaper,'" Sparks said. But it did.
Sparks also had to slaughter a chicken, shoot a bow and arrow and play redneck football, which involved balloons filled with beer. She also had her first shot of whiskey.
Tom Arnold is the host of "Rehab," which reunites so-called rednecks with their relatives and friends who have left their back-home ways behind.
Sparks, a Sevierville native, now works at a daycare and goes to school.
Rock star-turned-reality TV-personality Bret Michaels is joining the Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive family.
Michaels will be the host of "Rock My RV" for the Travel Channel, which is part of Scripps Networks.
He will lead "a hand-picked team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform travelers' ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, ... hooked-up mobile mansions on the road," according to Scripps.
"RV" will debut in 2013.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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