Grandson of piano legend to perform

The ConAgra Foods Foundation Core Group, along with partners and friends, is inviting the community to attend a fundraiser to benefit The Hope Project of Cocke County.

Jason Coleman, the grandson of the late piano legend Floyd Cramer, will share his piano talents at Salem Lutheran Church, 3001 Salem Rd., Parrottsville, 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28

Coleman grew up performing with his grandfather at his concerts and on national television. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17, and two years later he played for the Medallion Ceremony which recognized Cramer’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then Coleman has produced a collection of piano albums and has toured the country in concerts that honor the legacy of his grandfather.

“The most fun part for me,” says Coleman, “is to see how much these songs mean to so many people-how just a few notes are all it takes to transport you to a different time and place. It’s really moving, and it’s what makes sharing Grandad’s music so special.”

Coleman and his wife Natalie, a Parrottsville native, have a two-year-old son Avery, and they reside in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

There is no admission fee for the fundraiser, however, donations will be accepted following brief remarks during the intermission by retired Circuit Judge Ben Hooper II, who will talk about the importance of The Hope Project.

The Cocke County Legislative Body has donated the needed acreage on Cope Boulevard for the Hope building which is to house the Breadbasket, Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens Home Assistance, Neighborhood Center (emergency services for Cocke County citizens for fuel assistance, commodities and social needs); Head Start facilities; senior dining; meeting space; kitchen space; dock for Breadbasket and ample parking.

Organizer Jeanne Birdwell says a rummage sale also is planned 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1205 Fuller St., Newport. All proceeds will benefit The Hope Project.

Birdwell reports a June Bar-B-Q and antique and special items sale raised more than $10,000, and gifts in memory of former director John Foy have totaled $4,000 to date.