By Jan Boston Sellers
Vocalists — both solo and duet — dancers, magicians, comedians, instrumentalists and all other forms of talent are invited to participate in the annual TAD Youth Talent Show. The TAD Talent Show is one of only a handful of preliminary talent shows to the Knoxville Tennessee Valley Fair.
The TAD Talent competition is open to youth ages 8-12 and 13-21. The winner of each local contest will earn a cash prize of $100. The winner of the 13-21 year old contest will then advance to the Knoxville competition where the grand prize is $1000.
The TAD Talent Show is slated for Thursday, April 11, on the Palace Theatre stage. There is no fee to enter but all contestants must drop by the TAD Center on 261 Yvonne Avenue and fill out an entry form. The show will be emceed by Frances Cunningham Brooks. Judges are Rachel Hawn of Ms. Cam’s Dance Studio; Gary Nelson of the Crossville Chronicle; and Marley Wyatt, a former winner and New Beginnings Housing Coordinator, and Julie Schubert, a former LA actress and singer.
Past winners of the 13-21 year-old contest include Houston Vincent, violinist, who subsequently won the Knoxville contest; vocalist Marley Wyatt, a runner-up at the Knoxville competition; soloist Travis Lynch; dancers Anna Hill and Whitney Padgett; and the 2012 winners, a local band, who call themselves “White Fudge.”
As you can see from the partial list of previous winners, a variety of talents have garnered the top slot in the TAD Youth Contest. If you or someone you know is interested in competing in either age division, drop by the TAD Center, or give us a call at 931-456-2859 for additional information. Entry forms are available during regular weekday business hours. The talent show will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Palace.
If you just want to watch the show and are wondering what the entry fee is, it is 3 cans or boxes of canned foods. All food items will be donated to the Cumberland Good Samaritans Food Pantry. Good Samaritans is one of the official partners of the Teens Against Drugs Center.
Friday morning marks the kick-off a new local effort to fight childhood obesity. Cumberland Medical Center, City of Crossville, Cumberland County Schools, DCI and the Cumberland County Health Department will host a breakfast at CMC Friday to announce their upcoming plans and activities designed to increase activity and decrease obesity.
Speaking of the Health Department, the new facility will host a public open house next Wednesday, March 20, at their brand new home on 1503 South Main Street. The open house is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Special guests will include Dr. John Dreyzehner from the Tennessee Department of Health and Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey.
Congratulations to Roane State. The Harriman based college, with a satellite campus here in Cumberland County, was recently ranked number 27 out of 500 United States Community Colleges!