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NewsChannel 5 Meteorologists added to mural at Ashbusters Chimney Service

Posted at 9:27 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 10:36:28-04

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The mural inside Ashbusters Chimney Service may never be done.

"Anybody who starts to work for Mark, doesn't matter who it is, Mark says 'you got to paint them,'" said artist Jerry Palmer.

Palmer started the mural almost eight years ago. It's in the main stairwell of the company's headquarters in Smyrna.

"For me...it's just kind of our story," said Mark Stoner, owner of Ashbusters.

Employees, friends, even some of the Nashville Predators adorn the walls. Stoner said Palmer captures the likeness of everyone he paints. "It's amazing," he said.

When Palmer suggested this summer adding the NewsChannel 5 weather team to the scene, Stoner said 'why not.'

"He's the artist, I'm the chimney sweep. He just throws his whole heart into everything and I love it," he said.

Meterologists Lelan Statom, Bree Smith, Henry Rothenberg and Heather Mathis are now painted into the dreamworld. "I adore them," Palmer said of the NewsChannel 5 team.

Palmer explained this project has been unlike anything else he's worked on because he's free to use his imagination.

"I love working here. I just love it," he said.