What do Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford have up their sleeves for their visit here Monday?
A University of Tennessee official says the fourth hour of "Today" (airing 10 a.m. Monday, WBIR, Channel 10) — broadcasting live from Ayres Hall — will be very student-centic.
The segments will be tailored as such: an "Ambush Makeover" with Louis Licari("La, La, La, La, La, La") and Jill Martin; A look at student life and a tailgating tips.
Correspondent Sara Haines, who rallied the students a couple of weeks ago, is returning. Maybe she'll even wear her check-patterned orange-and-white overalls.
UT officials met with "Today" producers last week and told them about the underage drinking incident on campus, where a student consumed alcohol rectally and was sent to a hospital in critical condition.
Kotb and Gifford, who often sip wine during their weekday morning show, will be "very sensitive" to the incident. They are aware UT is a dry campus, too.
By deadline, other segments were still being worked out. "Today" did reach out to Dolly Parton about making an appearance, but she declined.
She is in Los Angeles currently working on her latest book project, due in November.
Rising country star Kip Moore will perform. He has played Knoxville recently at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
The general public is invited to attend the broadcast, though parking will be difficult. No parking is available near Ayres Hall, and other parking on campus will be hard to find, UT says.
Around 75 chairs will be available. The rest of the audience will be standing.
Actor Kevin James will headline the 2012 Variety — The Children's Charity of Eastern Tennessee benefit at Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX in Turkey Creek tonight.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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