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October 9, 2012

Kentucky man takes fourth 'Fiddle King' title

— ATHENS — Three-time “Fiddle King” Joel Whittinghill was named fiddle champion once again at the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Saturday night.

Whittinghill, of Bowling Green, Ky., won the title by winning the “fiddle off,” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. He also won in 2004, 2007 and 2010. He has also won titles in others states, including Tennessee.

Carl Franklin of Hendersonville, Tenn., finished runner-up.

Whittinghill, 39, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,000.

The Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce sponsor the convention.

The convention has contributed more than $500,000 to Athens State to fund student scholarships and university projects.

Winners from Friday and Saturday music competitions include:


• First: Ken Tenpenny of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

• Second: Isaac Vick of Lyles, Tenn.

• Third: Wailin Wood of McEwen, Tenn.

• Fourth: Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn.

• Fifth: Tommy Bounds of Sylacauga


• First: Tyler Andal of White House, Tenn.

• Second: Abby Ward of Columbia, Tenn.

• Third: Sterling Abernathy of Nashville, Tenn.

• Fourth: Daniel Amick of Pleasantville, Tenn.

• Fifth: Cara DiGiovanni of Greenbrier, Tenn.

Bluegrass banjo

• First: Joshua Ford of Pisgah

• Second: Scooter Muse of Florence

• Third: Collins Miller of Arab

• Fourth: Sarah Ward of Columbia, Tenn.

• Fifth: Brad Bulla of Spring Hill, Tenn.


• First: Damion Kidd of Elkmont

• Second: Steven Smiley of Harvest

• Third: Weston Stewart of Anderson

• Fourth: Sarah Ward of Columbia, Tenn.

• Fifth: Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn.


• First: Tommy Bounds of Sylacauga

• Second: Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn.

• Third: Tyler Andal of White House, Tenn.

• Fourth: Roger Patterson of Athens

• Fifth: Homer Osborne of Harvest

Old-time singing

• First: Tommy and Taylor Bounds of Sylacauga

• Second: Dana Vaughn of Berry

• Third: Christie Lynn and Russ Holder of Huntsville

• Fourth: Ed Norman and Dave Gardner of Durham, N.C.

• Fifth: Kathy Chandler of Anniston

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