The evening of April 8 saw a variety of artistic talent, humor, and showmanship of local youth was on display as Heritage Hall hosted the 11th annual Johnson County Youth Talent Show. The show took place in front of a packed house filled with proud families and supportive friends as the kids took the stage on a cold, blustery night. Acting as an opening act for the anxious, young performers waiting backstage was local band Broken Road. The group sang southern rock songs accented with the sound of bluegrass instruments. An atmosphere of friendly, small town relationships was clearly felt as the crowd joined Andrew Matherly in singing “You Are My Sunshine”. Taking the stage first for the evening’s competition was the youngest performers of the night representing the Kindergarten through 3rd grades of Johnson County students. Jamie and Brock Jones, sons of Josh and Stephanie Jones of Mountain City, had the audience rolling with their rendition of “Where, Oh Where Are You Tonight”. Jaylen Main, daughter of Arthur and Bonnie Main of Shady Valley, brought a patriotic spirit to the night with her performance of “Grand Old Flag”. Next on stage was the lively duo of Addy Snyder, daughter of Tom and Sally Snyder, and Lexie Mullins, daughter of Chris and Amanda Mullins all of Mountain City. The girls took to the stage with a dance routine choreographed to the song “Feelin’ Alright”. Representing Laurel Elementary was Emma Savery, daughter of Clay and Patricia Savery, singing an old tyme favorite “Down by the Old Mill Stream”. Sibling trio Elsie, Ansley, and Jackson Clifton, children of Eric and Wendy Clifton, had the audience in fits of laugher as they performed their comedy ventriloquist skit. The trio represented Roan Creek Elementary. Young Trevor Rawls, son of Brad and Tina Rawls of Roan Creek, amazed everyone in attendance with his musical talent as he played “The Unclouded Day” on his mandolin. Representing the county’s home school community in this category was Joshua Ransom, son of Glenn and Kathy Ransom. Joshua recited the poem “What Can I Give Him” and sang while performing sign language to “O, How I Love Jesus”. The next group featured on the Heritage Hall stage were the students representing grades 4 through 6. Performing the ever-popular Dolly Parton hit “Coat of Many Colors” was A.J. Reece, daughter of Kimberly Reece of Doe Valley. From Mountain City Elementary was Mattie Jones, daughter of Josh and Stephanie Jones, who sang as well as played mandolin for the song “It’s Me”. Bringing a hip-hop air to the stage was Chris Eller, son of Nancy Stout of the Roan Creek community, dancing to “Watch Me“. Kyla Tolliver, daughter of Stephen and Kim Tolliver from Laurel, performed a powerful rendition of the classic hymn “Majesty”. Next, Molly McManus, daughter of Bob and Michele McManus, played a medley of “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore and When the Saints” on her dulcimer. Molly was another representative of the home school families in the county. Brookanna Hutchins, daughter of Thomas and Tasha Hutchins of Roan Creek, sparkled as she performed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Heritage Hall was rocking when Gaston Dugger, son of Dr. Kermit and Taffy Dugger of Mountain City, dished out the lively “Sounds of the Apocalypse” on his drum kit.
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