Family: Married to Lori for 11 years, and they have two daughters, Kayla, 9, and Isabella, 6.
Occupation: Owner of Rainscapes. “I’m involved in everything from being janitor to selling it. We do sprinkler systems all around East Tennessee.”
When Clint Bradley Allison is working or playing, there’s a good change water is involved.
The Rainscapes owner and Madisonville-native spends his days selling or servicing sprinkler/irrigation systems throughout East Tennessee. When he is not at work, he and his family love to play on the lake.
“We’re big into boating and water sports. We spend our time on the water,” he says. “My life is either is spraying water or playing in the water.”
Water skiing brought Allison to Blount County. “I used to do competitive water skiing, and I skied at the Master Craft test lake,” he said. “That is how I really got to know Maryville and grew to love it, and this is where we want to live.”
Allison met his wife, Lori, through mutual friends. Before Lori would agree to marry him, however, he had to make a promise.
“She’s from Louisville, Ky., 5-foot tall, really cute, and we really hit it off. She said she would come down here if I would take her to the Kentucky Derby every year,” he says. The couple’s daughters, Kayla and Isabella, are students at Foothills Elementary. They enjoy dance and cheerleading and share their dad’s love of the water and boating. “Kayla just learned to wakeboard this year. We have them at the lake constantly,” he says.
Allison says he appreciates raising daughters.
“Daughters are awesome -- they’re not high maintenance. A lot of my friends have boys, and what I see in my life with the girls is that they are easier and not nearly as rowdy or rambunctious as boys, but I dread the teenage years,” he says with a laugh.
Allison graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1991 with a degree in ornamental horticulture. From there he went to work for an irrigation/sprinkler system company and was then a sales representative before he started Rainscapes in 1996.
“I did my first irrigation system in college and decided I liked the irrigation side better than the plant side. I enjoyed the engineering. Seeing water moving is impressive.”
Here is Clint Allison:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I’m probably more like my dad, Jerry Allison. I can blame him for my love of auctions and seeing the value in junk, but the problem is you can only accumulate so much.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘“So you’re saying there’s a chance.’ It is from the movie ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ Jim Carey’s character says this after the female lead tells him there is a one-in-a-million chance she would go out with him.”
What are you guilty of?
“I am a terrible eater. I am constantly eating junk food and do not like vegetables. My healthiest, best meal is my mom makes a meal of cube steak or pinto beans and corn bread and fried potatoes.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My boat. I have to be on the water. I have a Malibu Response ski boat. I just play now, nothing competitive. It’s more about having fun with the kids and teaching them.”
What are you reading currently?
“‘Delivering Happiness,’ by Tony Hsieh.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Realizing I was in the women’s restroom at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. No one saw me, but trying to sneak out unseen was embarrassing. I had to wait until I knew there was no one around and make run for it.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“See my daughters graduate college. Spend the winter on a boat in the Caribbean. Travel the Great Loop where you take a boat up the East Coast, cut across the Great Lakes and work your way down the Mississippi and Tombigbee to the Gulf.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“I hate to say it, but it would probably be goofy.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I could be a poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder. I have a hard time staying focused.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I have always been interested in Ben Franklin. I think he would make for a very interesting lunch date.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“My wife says Kevin Costner; however, I’m pretty sure it would be Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I was always a Beach Boys fan, so I think I would like the 1960s with the surfing and luaus on the beach. It looked like a fun time.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. We had a lot of great adventures, and I never shot my eye out.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“You can do anything you put myself into.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
My college mentor, Dr. Don Williams. He was a very good man and taught me how to think through problems. He was just a really hardworking guy and not just a regular college professor. “
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I have just recently started a Facebook page. I’m still learning, but it is amazing how people are involved with it.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I took a summer job in Washington DC during college. I would have to sit in traffic for two hours every morning just so I could go use a weed eater for 10 hours.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“I don’t know that it describes me, but I stop in my tracks every time I hear ‘East Bound and Down’ by Jerry Reed.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Hong Kong Phooey!”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Dogs, without a doubt. I always had dogs, and they're loyal to you and play with you.”
What irritates you?
“Standing in line.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Look Rock, you can see forever.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Work hard, make friends and everything is going to be all right. And try to save a little money along the way.”