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Tyler Andal Named Grand Champion Fiddler of Jamboree in Rainy Finish to the Two Day Festival

July 5, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tyler Andal of White House Named Grand Champion Fiddler of Jamboree winning the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award.  Andal took first place in the Junior Fiddling category as well as Contest Fiddle in which he received the Neil Dudney Award
Fiddlers Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton congratulates Fiddle-Off Contestants Tyer Andal of White House, the winner, and Gail Johnson of Lavergne
Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne (Runner-Up in Fiddle-Off)
Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Matthew Campbell of Smyrna
Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville
Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro
Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Sherry Guenther of Monterey
Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville (Seated)
Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Tyler Andal of Whitehouse (Award presented by Dudney's grandson Ethan Shaw)

The Grand Champion Fiddler of the 44th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is Tyler Andal of White House, Tennessee.

He won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award Saturday night after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler.

Andal made it to the fiddle off by winning the Junior Fiddling competition and he won the Grand Championship by beating the winner of the Senior Fiddling contest Gail Johnson of Lavergne.

Due to heavy rains, the contestants were forced to fiddle off under an overhang (eave) on the stage's storefront background. Instead of three tunes, Andal and Johnson each fiddled only one song, tune of their choice.

Although the Saturday session of the Fiddlers Jamboree got off to slow start with an hour rain delay at the beginning, the event ran smoothly throughout the day until the start of the finals competitions Saturday evening when the rains set in again. The first four categories, all individual dancing events were held as normal, even in the rain. But as the light rain became a downpour, the rest of the finals were held under the stage's overhang (eave), except for the senior fiddling and square dancing events. Contestants in both categories decided to allow their scores in the preliminaries to determine how they would place. There were only three square dance teams competing in the preliminaries this year.

Winners in the Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree are as follows:

Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Matthew Campbell of Smyrna; Second Place- Chris Stewart of Lebanon; and Third Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville.

Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville; Second Place- Stanley Reece of Gainesboro; and Third Place- Darrin Stryker of Crossville.

Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro; Second Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville; and Third Place- Eileen Stewart of Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee.

Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Sherry Guenther of Monterey; Second Place- Tammy Gay Scruggs of Hartsville; and Third Place- Jeff Yates of Adams, Tennessee.

Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester; Second Place-Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg; and Third Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville.

Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Tyler Andal of White House, Tennessee; Second Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville; Second Place- Tyler Andal of Whitehouse; and Third Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.

Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Tyler Andal of White House; Second Place- Justin Branum of Nashville; and Third Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro. The Neil Dudney Award was presented to Andal by Dudney's grandson Ethan Shaw.

Bluegrass Band: First Place- Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band of Signal Mountain; Second Place- Tennessee Bluegrass of Dyersburg; and Third Place- Bluegrass Militia of Hartsville.

Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne; Second Place- Billy Brewer of Lyles, Tennessee; and Third Place- Marcia Denton of Murfreesboro

Square Dancing: First Place-Rocky Top Revue of Franklin; Second Place- Main Stage Fusion of Springfield;and Third Place- Harpeth River of Franklin.

Giri Peters Wins Beginners Fiddling Title (View Video Here)

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

Giri Peters of Nashville was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler of the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners at the Fiddlers Jamboree Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award

(View Video Below)

Sierra Hull Returns to Fiddlers Jamboree to Perform and to Receive the Blue Blaze Award

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page and Shan Burklow
Sierra Hull Receives Jamboree Blue Blaze Award from Shan Burklow
Sierra Hull Delights Jamboree Audience with Saturday Performance

Sierra Hull, who competed on the Fiddlers Jamboree stage as a child, is now a young adult with a professional career as a singer, songwriter, and musician. But she took time out of her busy schedule to return to the Jamboree stage Saturday afternoon where she performed and was presented the Jamboree's Blue Blaze Award, which is given to a musician who is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. The award was presented by Shan Burklow of the Jamboree Marketing Committee.

Following her performance at the Fiddler's Jamboree, Hull appeared on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.

Hull's journey began on the stage of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree at the young age of 9 years old. By age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder Records was expressing interest (she signed a record deal with Rounder at 13, with her first album released at 16.) She’s also played the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music, and released three albums. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician.

“We are honored that Sierra’s humble beginnings started right here on the Jamboree stage and have enjoyed watching her career explode at such a young age," said Burklow. "She is a remarkable talent and extraordinary person. The core mission of the Blue Blaze Award is to acknowledge a musician that has kept the embers of bluegrass music glowing for future generations to come. We believe that Sierra embodies the heart of this mission.”

“At 9 years old, I stepped on to the stage at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree for the first time to play “Jerusalem Ridge”, said Hull, “It was my first contest, and I had only been playing about a year at the time. I didn’t place in the contest, but felt really inspired by all the other kids and musicians I met that day. I immediately looked forward to going back the next year. My dad certainly reminded me that I’d have to work hard if I wanted to place next time. The next year, I went back and won 1st on guitar, which was really exciting, but only 2nd on mandolin. I’ve always thought of myself as a mandolin player first, so I really wanted to win the mandolin contest at least once. It was such a good thing for me as a young kid to enter a contest and lose! It really gave me a boost to work hard for another year. I went back the next year and won both mandolin and guitar! I was so excited. It was also great local exposure with the contest being broadcast on WCTE. After winning - later that year, Gibson gave me my first mandolin endorsement - mostly because Danny Roberts had seen me play at the Jamboree. I couldn’t believe it! I am so honored to be chosen for the Blue Blaze Award this year. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Smithville as a place where some of my fondest memories as a young musician were made," said Hull.

Nashville Boy Wins Jamboree Fiddling Title for Beginners

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Giri Peters of Nashville was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler for Beginners Saturday at the Fiddler's Jamboree and won the James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award
Giri Peters Receives James G. Bobo Driver Award from members of the Driver Family including great grandsons Logan Beauchamp, Brandon Turrentine, Ashton Campbell and sons Jim and Mickey Driver
Buck Dancing: First Place- Isabella McCoy of Brush Creek
Clogging: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee
Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville
Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville
Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville

A Nashville boy won the top Jamboree award Saturday as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Giri Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's sons Jim and Mickey Driver and great grandsons Logan Beauchamp, Brandon Turrentine, and Ashton Campbell.

In addition to winning the top fiddler prize, Peters also captured first place in the Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, and Flat Top Guitar competition.

Peters also received the "Entertainer of the Year" Award, which is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Uma Peters of Nashville; and Third Place- Kate Ward of Kuttawa, Kentucky

Buck Dancing: First Place- Isabella McCoy of Brush Creek; Second Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; and Third Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View

Clogging: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Isabella McCoy of Brush Creek; and Third Place- Lexi Huntley of Loretto.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama.

Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place-Isabella McCoy of Brush Creek; and Third Place- Evan Morse of Smithville.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Lexi Huntley of Loretto; and Third Place- Noah Aikens of Cookeville

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Noah Aikens of Cookeville; and Third Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville.

The remainder of the day's on-stage events are as follows:

Preliminaries in the following categories:

*Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)
*Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)
*Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)
*Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)
*Bluegrass Banjo
*Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)
*Flat Top Guitar
*Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award
*Bluegrass Band*
*Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)
*Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back tonight to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

WJLE is broadcasting the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features dozens of crafts displayed along the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking under tents around the town square.

Aikens Wins Fiddler 5K

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
The 5K male winner was Caleb Aikens of Cookeville, TN with a time of 17:34.6 (PHOTO BY BILL LUTON)
The female winner was Kristen VanVranken of Silver Point, TN with a time of 19:12.8. She broke her own course record set in 2013. (Photo by Bill Luton)
The Fun Run male winner was Connor Close from Smithville, TN with a time of 06:59.4. The female was Ella VanVranken of Silver Point, TN with a time of 7:45.1 (Photo by Bill Luton)

Caleb Aikens of Cookeville was the overall winner of the 17th annual Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run this morning (Saturday).

Aikens ran the course in 17 minutes and 34 seconds.

Kristen VanVranken of Silver Point set a new women's course record at 19:12, breaking her previous course record from 2013.

TOP MALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Scott Fanning of Lebanon at 17:50

TOP FEMALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Allison Brooks of Smithville at 24:34

One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger) winner:
TOP MALE: Conner Close of Smithville at 6:59
TOP FEMALE: Ella Van Vranken of Silver Point at 7:45

The 17th Annual Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run featured 300 participants.

Funds raised will support Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County

Complete results are available at www.fiddler5k.com or http://tnracetiming.com/results/icalrepeat.detail/2015/07/04/82/-/fiddle...

Community Chorus Entertains Jamboree Crowd (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Community Chorus made a return appearance during the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival Friday evening

With the theme "What the World Needs Now is Love", the chorus performed a variety of patriotic songs with a special tribute to veterans, particularly disabled veterans. Again this year, adults and children alike sang in the chorus with some clogging as well. AmVets members helped distribute one thousand donated flags among the audience.

(PLAY VIDEO BELOW)

Jamboree Craft Awards Presented

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Larry and Deb Drake of Nashville received the "Best of Show" award for their display of handmade Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewelry. Pictured with Emma Adkins (left) and Macie Bouldin
Fawn Gabel of Gatlinburg was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for her display of handmade Appalachian String Instruments. Pictured with Emma Adkins and Olivia Norton
Best Newcomer" Award went to Thomas Nunnery of Jena, Louisiana for his hand sculpted bird feeders and wine bottles. Pictured with Emma Adkins and Olivia Norton
Scott Cantrell of Livingston received the "Best Display" award for his chainsaw art.

The annual Fiddler's Jamboree Craft Awards were presented Friday.

Larry and Deb Drake of Nashville received the "Best of Show" award for their display of handmade Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewelry.

Meanwhile, Fawn Gabel of Gatlinburg was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for her display of Appalachian String Instruments handmade by Danny Williams of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

The "Best Newcomer" Award went to Thomas Nunnery of Jena, Louisiana for his hand sculpted bird feeders and wine bottles.

Scott Cantrell of Livingston received the "Best Display" award for his chainsaw art.

The awards were presented by Emma Adkins, the Fiddler's Jamboree Director of Crafts along with Olivia Norton and Macie Bouldin.

Come see all the crafts along the streets in the downtown area today.

The Fiddler's Jamboree resumes at 9:00 a.m. with preliminaries in the following music and dance categories:

*Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)
*Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)
*Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)
*Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)
*Bluegrass Banjo
*Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)
*Flat Top Guitar
*Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award
*Bluegrass Band*
*Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)
*Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back tonight to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

The Jamboree Blue Blaze Award will be presented at 3:00 p.m. to recognize a musician that is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. Sierra Hull is this year's recipient. Her journey began on the stage of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree at the young age of 9 years old. By age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder Records was expressing interest (she signed a record deal with Rounder at 13, with her first album released at 16.) She’s also played the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music, and released three albums. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held this afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.

WJLE will broadcast the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths and lots of shade tree picking under tents around the town square.

Performers Jam Past Midnight on Opening Day of Fiddlers Jamboree

July 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
State flags presented to Herbert Staggs and Sid Long of Memphis. Pictured with State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody and State Senator Mae Beavers
U.S. flag presented to Donda Kreatschman of Alaska. Pictured with State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody
U.S. flag presented to Svetlana Suleymeneva of UST' Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan and Copeland Elena Muralla of the Phillipines. Pictured with State Representatives Mark Pody, Terri Lynn Weaver, and State Senator Mae Beavers
Community Chorus Entertaining the Jamboreee Crowd
Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo) and Gospel Singing (Solo):First Place- Amanda McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Junior Clogging: First Place-Chris Stewart of Lebanon
Junior Buck Dancing: First Place- Jason Wade of Paris, Tennessee
Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet): First Place- Sierra and Kelcy Tomlin of Springfield
Dobro Guitar:First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester
Mountain Dulcimer: First Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Hammer Dulcimer: First Place-Pamela Sanders of Sparta
Novelty Event: First Place- Kurt and Joey of Manchester
Autoharp: First Place- Austin Derryberry of Shelbyville
Country Harmonica: First Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Old Time Banjo: First Place- Josiah Tyree of Carthage
Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet): First Place- The Jenkins Family of Wilder, Tennessee
Mandolin: First Place-Daniel Amick of Carthage
Old Time Fiddle Band: First Place-Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny of Unionville

Performers picked, sang, and danced all day Friday until just past midnight Saturday morning during the first day of the 44th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival.

State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody presented flags flown over the state capitol to persons who traveled the greatest distances from inside and outside the state and the country to get here. Herbert Staggs and Sid Long, both of Memphis received a Tennessee State flag. Donda Kreatschman of Alaska and Copeland Elena Muralla of the Phillipines and Svetlana Suleymeneva of UST' Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan were each presented a United States flag

Prior to the Jamboree welcome Friday evening from Fiddler's Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton and an introduction of local public officials, the Smithville-DeKalb County Community Chorus entertained the crowd with a patriotic program.

Preliminaries were held in sixteen categories of music and dance competition followed by the finals featuring the top three acts in each event.

The following are the winners in each category:

*Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo):
First Place- Amanda McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Second Place-Kelcy Tomlin of Springfield
Third Place-Josiah Tyree of Carthage

*Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39):
First Place-Chris Stewart of Lebanon
Second Place-Shelby Dunn of Fairview
Third Place-Jamie Hash of Walland

*Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Jason Wade of Paris, Tennessee
Second Place-Chris Stewart of Lebanon
Third Place-Sierra Tomlin of Springfield

*Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet)
First Place- Sierra and Kelcy Tomlin of Springfield
Second Place- The McKenneys of Cullman, Alabama
Third Place-Short Mountain Strangers of Smithville

*Dobro Guitar:
First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester
Second Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
Third Place-Robbie Harris of Rockvale

*Mountain Dulcimer:
First Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Second Place-Tyler Andal of White House
Third Place-Daniel Amick of Centerville

*Hammer Dulcimer:
First Place-Pamela Sanders of Sparta
Second Place- Mac Garner of Maryville

*Novelty Event:
First Place- Kurt and Joey of Manchester
Second Place-Haint Hollow Hootenanny of Unionville
Third Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville

*Autoharp:
First Place- Austin Derryberry of Shelbyville
Second Place-Pamela Sanders of Sparta
Third Place-Bettye Kash of Cookeville

*Gospel Singing (Solo):
First Place-Amanda McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Second Place- Elizabeth Koegler of Smithville
Third Place-Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg

*Country Harmonica:
First Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Second Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville
Third Place- Tyler Martelli of Chattanooga

*Old Time Banjo:
First Place- Josiah Tyree of Carthage
Second Place- Tyler Andal of White House
Third Place- Austin Derryberry of Shelbyville

*Youth Square Dancing:
First Place-Jackson Hollow of Franklin
Second Place- Main Stage Revolution of Springfield
Third Place- Main Stage Explosion of Springfield

*Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet):
First Place- The Jenkins Family of Wilder, Tennessee
Second Place- Sandi Kay's New Hickory of Lebanon
Third Place- Kurt and Andrea of Dyersburg

*Mandolin:
First Place-Daniel Amick of Carthage
Second Place- Tyler Andal of White House
Third Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg

*Old Time Fiddle Band:
First Place-Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny of Unionville
Second Place- Flat Rock String Band of Manchester
Third Place- The P&J String Band of Nashville

The Fiddler's Jamboree resumes at 9:00 a.m. today with preliminaries in the following categories:

*Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)
*Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)
*Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)
*Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)
*Bluegrass Banjo
*Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)
*Flat Top Guitar
*Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award
*Bluegrass Band*
*Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)
*Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back tonight to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

The Jamboree Blue Blaze Award will be presented at 3:00 p.m. to recognize a musician that is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. Sierra Hull is this year's recipient. Her journey began on the stage of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree at the young age of 9 years old. By age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder Records was expressing interest (she signed a record deal with Rounder at 13, with her first album released at 16.) She’s also played the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music, and released three albums. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held this afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.
WJLE will broadcast the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features dozens of crafts displayed along the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking under tents around the town square.

DUD Board Seeks Reappointment of Joe Foutch

July 3, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joe Foutch

The DeKalb Utility District Board of Commissioners are recommending that Joe Foutch be reappointed to a new four year term.

Foutch's current term expires August 31.

By law, the DUD board must certify a list of three names in order of preference to the county mayor, who has the sole authority to make the appointment.

During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 2, the DUD board voted to certify a list of nominees to the county mayor to fill the position. Foutch's name was listed first followed by the names of Joe Johnson and Jimmy Herndon.

While a DUD customer may submit a name to Jon Foutch, the District General Manager for consideration on the nominee list, Foutch said no names were submitted to him.

DUD attorney Keith Blair said he would send a letter to County Mayor Tim Stribling certifying that the board is presenting a list in order of preference. "I will present an order so he can complete that and hopefully we will hear back with something by the next board meeting," said Blair.

The DUD Board is made up of five members, three from DeKalb County (Jimmy Womack, Joe Foutch, and Hugh Washer), one from Cannon (Roger Turney), and one from Smith County (Danny Bass). The terms are staggered. All terms are for four years.

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