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Wednesday, July 6

8:30 a.m.

A fire Monday night destroyed a residence in Alexandria leaving the residents homeless. The blaze was reported around 10 p.m. in the 600 block of East Main Street and was fully involved before firefighters arrived. There were no injuries but all the residents’ belongings were lost in the fire. Members of the Alexandria and DeKalb Fire Departments responded
13 year old Noah Goebel has claimed the Grand Champion Fiddling Title at the 51st edition of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Sam Stout, President and Coordinator of the Fiddlers Jamboree presented the award to Goebel at the conclusion of the festival which ended at 11: 30 p.m. Saturday evening.
2022 Fiddler 5K Overall Male Champion Matthew Sinclair - 00:19:17 (Photo by Luton’s Media)
2022 Fiddler 5K Overall Female Champion Ella Vanvranken - 00:20:11(Photo by Luton’s Media)
2022 Fiddler Fun Run Overall Champions Anna Swafford - 00:07:44 (right) Silas Richardson - 00:08:02 (left) (Photo by Luton’s Media)
Sam Stout, President and Coordinator of the Fiddlers Jamboree and Shan Williams Stout, Director of Marketing for the Jamboree present the 2022 Blue Blaze Award to the Kody Norris Show Saturday afternoon
Members of the James G. “Bobo” Driver family gathered on-stage of the Fiddlers Jamboree Saturday to unveil a marker to be placed on the courthouse grounds commemorating three founders of the Jamboree in 1972 including Mr. Driver, Berry C. Williams, and Congressman Joe L. Evins, all of whom passed away many years ago
The  James G. “Bobo” Driver family unveiled a marker during the Fiddlers Jamboree Saturday to be placed on the courthouse grounds commemorating three founders of the Jamboree in 1972 including Mr. Driver, Berry C. Williams, and Congressman Joe L. Evins, all of whom passed away many years ago
Finley Reed of Normandy Tennessee earned the top Jamboree award Saturday as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners. Finley Reed (pictured front right holding fiddle) won the coveted James G. “Bobo” Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children’s competition as part of the annual Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members of Mr. Driver’s family presented the award to Reed including (pictured left to right in back dressed in orange) Adam Driver, Bobo’s grandson; and sons Jimmy and Mickey Driver. Also pictured in front Beginner Fiddle contestants Deacon Collier of Gallatin (3rd Place Far Left) and Ace Walters of Lebanon (Center-2nd place)
Fiddlers Jamboree President and Coordinator Sam Stout presents Reagan Brown of Springfield the Nolan Turner Memorial Entertainer of the Year award in the National Championship for Country Musician Begineers. The honor is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition. Brown won the Dobro Guitar competition, received second place in the Mandolin category, and Third Place in both the Five String Banjo and Flat Top Guitar Contests.
Matthew Sinclair of Carthage Wins Fiddler 5K with a time of 19:17 (Chris Tramel Photo)
Smithville Select Crowned Youth Square Dancing Champion at Fiddlers Jamboree
During Friday’s Official Fiddlers Jamboree Welcoming Program State Senators Janice Bowling (left) and Mark Pody (right) presented flags flown over the state capitol to Jamboree visitors who traveled the longest distances to get here. Tennessee State Flags went to Claire Morris of Memphis  (second from Left) and Marymargaret Saldana of Denair, California (second from right) while a United States flag was presented to Christine Cordova of Uganda (center)
Fiddlers Jamboree visitors Anita Hynes of Australia and Josh Ketter of Portland Oregon were presented United States Flags on Saturday. They traveled the longest distances from within and outside the country to be in Smithville Saturday. Pictured here with Sam Stout, President and Coordinator of the Fiddlers Jamboree (far right) and Shan Williams Stout, Director of Marketing for the Jamboree (far left)
DCHS Tiger Basketball Coach John Sanders Resigns
Fiddlers Jamboree-Shade Tree Picking
Fiddlers Jamboree-More Shade Tree Picking
Fiddlers Jamboree Chainsaw Carvings
Fiddlers Jamboree-More Crafts
Fiddlers Jamboree Food Booth
Fiddlers Jamboree Craft Shopper
Fiddlers Jamboree Kettle Corn Booth
Fiddlers Jamboree-Crafts
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