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Rising Star Competition 2010

Cindy and Jeff Whitfield join about 150 audience members at the competition. Winners were chosen based on votes from the audience and judges.

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Cindy and Jeff Whitfield join about 150 audience members at the competition. Winners were chosen based on votes from the audience and judges.

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  • Heritage Middle School seventh-grader Morgan Ray celebrates her youth-division win with Charlie Effler who won the adult division at the “Rising Star of Tennessee.” The winners each received a prize package valued at $2,200; which included studio and recording time as well as other services like teeth whitening
  • Kevin Whitfield competes at the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser on Oct. 23. Singers submitted DVDs competed in the Semi-Final round on Oct. 16 for the opportunity to compete.
  • Cindy and Jeff Whitfield join about 150 audience members at the competition. Winners were chosen based on votes from the audience and judges.
  • Ken Brady and his daughter, Elliot, participate “Rising Star of Tennessee,” a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Five-month-old Harper Marsh enjoys the performances by competitors at the “Rising Star of Tennessee.”
  • Singers Jonathan Sabo, Kennedy Brady, Mason Helton, Allison Felner, Morgan Ray, Laurel Dunn, Charlie Effler, Whitney, Kevin Whitfield and Drew Lequire compete for the 2010 “Rising Star of Tennessee” title. Competitors ranged in age from 8 to 35.
  • Kennedy Brady, Mason Helton, Allison Felner, (from back) Jonathan Sabo, Mason Helton and Morgan Ray come together for the youth division of the “Rising Star of Tennessee” competition.
  • Laurel Dunn, Charlie Effler, Whitney Huff, Kevin Whitfield and Drew Lequire participate in the adult division of the competition at The Palace Theater on Oct. 23.
  • Patrick Bledsoe joins his mother, Shelia Bledsoe at “Rising Star of Tennessee.”
  • Emcee Edward Harper plays the role of Ryan Seacrest in the competition described as the “Maryville version of American Idol.”
  • Tammy Martin, Tammy McGinnis, Kranaun Haley, DeVonte Lewis, Shannon Sisk, (from back) Jade Martin, Stephanie Powell, Phillip Helton, Nikki Helton, Mary Milsaps, Bonnie Beilstein, Susan Hughes join Tony Gibbons, president of Blount County Habitat for Humanity, a the fundraiser.
  • Kennedy Brady takes the stage at The Palace Theater for “Rising Star of Tennessee.”
  • President of Blount County Habitat for Humanity Tony Gibbons addresses the crowd. The organization has closed on seven homes this year with four more in progress for low-income applicants.

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