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Local Storytellers to Highlight Bicentennial Celebration August 6


The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center hosts three of Carroll County’s best storytellers for a free event in celebration of Huntingdon’s bicentennial. Robert “Gus” Radford, Judge John Everett Williams, and W. Kent Jones will tell “Stories From the Past” on Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:15.

This live performance in the Hal Holbrook Theatre features three storytellers who were born and raised in Carroll County. Each of them brings a different perspective of their time in Huntingdon and this collaboration will be something not to be missed! Many well-known historical figures will be discussed and the audience will be delighted to be transported back in time by hearing stories from the past. Radford practiced law for most of his career and was the district attorney for 24 years. He is known for his time as a referee for middle and high school basketball games.

Williams has a long history in the judicial system as an attorney and is the presiding judge for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. As a proud supporter of The Dixie, Williams is also a skilled performer himself and many in the community have seen his famous magic tricks and performances of Mark Twain.

Jones is also a practicing attorney with an emphasis on real estate transactions for nearly 60 years now. He is a member of the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame and Bethel University Sports Hall of Fame. Most locals know him best for his years of calling Huntingdon High School football games on the radio.

The Bicentennial Committee discussed for some time about who would be best from our town to talk about stories from the past, and when these three men met up, they shared some of the most interesting stories. Perhaps it’s due to their many years in the courtroom and in various sports activities, but these gentlemen have a genuine camaraderie, and it is easy to guess they will entertain the audience the entire time. Melissa Powell, co-chair of the Bicentennial Committee said, “These three men have some interesting stories to tell about some of Huntingdon’s finest citizens. You really don’t want to miss this free event because you will probably hear something you didn’t know!”

“Stories from the Past” is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are free and may be obtained at The Dixie’s Box Office in downtown Huntingdon, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit The Dixie’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/DixiePAC.


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