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Brooks & Dunn Help Launch Music Row in Knoxville

05/20/2010
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Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and the Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation are teaming up with talented musical artists to build a 'Music Row' in Knoxville. Only this 'Music Row' serves to provide local families with simple, decent and affordable housing.

Today, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of country duo Brooks & Dunn participated in the dedication of the 'Brooks & Dunn' house, the first of the 'Music Row' houses made possible by the Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation. The home is located at 1717 LeFlore, formerly Bonny Ave., in Knoxville.

"The work of Habitat for Humanity is extraordinary and inspiring. It is an honor to be part of this project and have our names on one of Knoxville's new 'Music Row' homes," said Brooks & Dunn.

'Music Row' will be a collection of numerous houses built by Knoxville Habitat for Humanity on LeFlore Ave. in the Lonsdale community. The houses, each of which will be built during the next 10 years, are underwritten by the Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation from an annual benefit concert featuring a country music act. Brooks & Dunn performed at the first event in 2008 and the first house is built in their honor. Next year, a home will be built in honor of recording artist Martina McBride, who performed at the 2009 benefit.

Even though the homes are underwritten by the foundation, the homes are not given away. In lieu of a down payment, all Knoxville Habitat for Humanity homeowners are required to complete 500 hours of sweat equity, mostly in the form of budgeting and homeowner classes. In addition, the family pays a mortgage on the home that is at zero-percent over 25 to 30 years.


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