Volume 52, Number 51

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unbelievable lineup for bass tournament

Military Team Bass Competitors to be entertained by an unbelievable show lineup

The 18th Annual "Military Bass Team Tournament" promises to be one to remember. During the mandatory registration and dinner for all anglers and their families, American Bass Anglers (ABA) has lined up a fantastic USO Show, with the BAMA Girls, attractive and talented former Miss Alabamas, a performance by Miss Grace Gore, current Miss Tennessee, Cpl. Thibodeaux who will be performing with some of the members of the Toby Keith Easy Money Band and Country Music Star John Carter. Surely, this USO Show will keep the anglers and crowd entertained for nearly two memorable hours. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Monday, May 5th at the Pickett County High School in Byrdstown.

"The show is a USO-type production which will feature songs of all types," states Debra Tal-ley, show producer and National Marketing Director for Ameri-can Bass Anglers. "Whether you're into pop, R&B, or country, we‚ve covered it all. The former Miss Alabamas - all entertainers - present a fast-paced, high energy, song and dance show that seems to never stop. The show is filled with lots of surprises for the soldiers."

Cpl. Thibodeaux will also be performing his nationally acclaimed hit "Not Ready To End The Fight" with some of the members of Toby Keith's Easy Money Band. "I was a little intimidated when I found out I'd be playing with Toby Keith's Band" Thibodeaux said. "But they were really great to me and even thanked me for my service. It has been a great experience and I am really looking forward to the show for the Military Bass Anglers."

Another headliner performing at the USO Show for the military anglers is John Carter. John Carter, towering at 6'4", is no stranger to the stage, especially in Nashville, where crowds flock to hear him play. But on Monday, May 5th, he'll entertain the military from across the US as they arrive for the 18th Annual Military Bass Tournament in Byrdstown. Throughout John's 10 years of military service, John has had a range of positive experiences. While aboard ship as a helicopter door gunner for six months, John spent his off-duty hours teaching himself to play guitar. "As a kid, my dad played guitar; but I was always intimidated to try it. I guess I didn't think I could do it. It was embarrassing to learn to play the guitar on ship. I would stay awake late at night and practice in the hanger so I wouldn't bother anyone. I thought of myself as that next door neighbor learning to play the trombone." John is now ready to set out and pursue a full-time country music career.

Throughout her year as Miss Tennessee, Grace Gore is employed by the State Depart-ment of Education as the official spokesperson for the Governor's Safe and Drug Free Tennessee Program. She is traveling to public schools across the state, talking to children about the importance of healthy lifestyles and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. As an ambassador for Children's Miracle Network, she is working with the five participating hospitals in Tennessee assisting with radiothons, telethons, and other fundraisers to ensure that Tennessee's children are receiving the medical care they need regardless of their financial ability.

The Military Team Bass competitors will arrive in Byrdstown for their 18th annual tournament on Monday, May 5th for a registration and dinner followed by the show. Tickets to the show by the general public not participating in the tournament can be purchased at the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce or the New York Life office in Byrdstown. The tournament will begin on Wednesday, May 7th at first safe light. Weigh-in will be held on Wed-nesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and on Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow. The public is invited to attend the weigh-in each afternoon at Sunset Marina & Resort.

To register for the tournament, you may do so on-line at www.militarybassanglers.com or call toll-free 1-888-203-6222. Participation is open to all active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard members, their dependents 16 years of age or older (holding a valid ID card), National Guard, Reservists, DoD civilians, DoD Contractors and retired military. Contrac-tors must be under active DoD contract during the tournament week. Identification (ID) cards will be checked during the on-site registration. Competitors must have a valid fishing license for the tournament waters.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please call Terry Burckhard at 931-864-8666.

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