Tennessee teen wins JRMF contest
TALENT WINNER Seventeen-year-old Marty Sullivan of Cordova, Tenn., won first place in the Jimmie Rodgers Adult Talent Show held Friday at Bonita Lakes Mall. Photo by Penny Randall/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall/The Meridian Star
May 5, 2001
Seventeen-year-old Marty Sullivan of Cordova, Tenn., copped first place Friday in the 2001 Jimmie Rodgers Adult Talent Contest.
Performing on a stage at Bonita Lakes Mall, Sullivan sang a medley of country songs. He received a $300 cash prize, a trophy and a guitar donated by Peavey Electronics.
Second place went to Philadelphia native Kristy Irons who performed "Crazy." She received a $150 cash prize and a trophy.
City Limits, a band from Union, took third place with their performance of "Daddy Don't Sell the Farm." The band's four members are David Langford, Jesse Harvey, Donnie Massey and Steve Chisolm. They received a $75 cash prize and a trophy.
Talent show coordinator Barbara Watson was pleased.
The 2000 Jimmie Rodgers talent winner, Lindsey James of Bay Springs, performed while the judges votes were being tabulated.
Watson expects today's youth competition to go well.
This year's contest includes contestants traveling from as far away as Alabama, Tennessee Georgia and Virginia. The youth contest will begin at 9 a.m. in front of JC Penney at Bonita Lakes Mall.
Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in the following age divisions: 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. An overall youth winner will also be announced.
Sullivan and the youth winner will perform onstage tonight opening festivities at the Temple Theatre. The performances begin at 7 p.m.
Penny Randall is assistant to the editor at The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3216, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.