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Ryan Moore
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Wendell's Refrigeration

Intermission fun

Ryan Moore & Terie Kirby (Grand Champion Award)

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:40 AM by Darryl Curtis

Ryan Moore graduated from Belmont University Cum Laude in 2002
Terrie Kirby is the Executive Director of Families in Crisis, Inc . She has been married to her very best friend Trey Kirby for 23 years; together they have 2 grown children Kris and Alicia and an 11 yr old son Braylon. Terrie performs this evening in memory of her dad Rick Lemons and her mother-in-law Sue Kirby both who were taken from us much too early due to cancer. She is celebrating this evening in honor of Pam Shelton who has successfully beaten cancer!

At Belmont he served two terms as Student Government Association Class President and one term as President of the Student-Alumni Association. 

After graduation he was elected to a 4 year term on Belmont’s Board of Regents. honor for Leadership Excellence. He is a recipient of the Bruin Award, Belmont’s most coveted 

After college, he returned home to work in his family’s 45 year old building supply company, Supreme Building Products, breathing new life into the already successful company. Within three short years he was named National Young Building Material Dealer of the Year. 

After saving up enough money, he decided to embark on his biggest challenge yet – going to law school. While working full-time by day, he is attending the Nashville School of Law at night. That journey is about to come to an end when he graduates December 3 with his Doctorate of Jurisprudence. 

He is a proud member of the Noon Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for Main Street McMinnville.

Song: Spring Cleaning by Caroline Martin

Trent Gribble & Melonie Turner (People's Choice Award)

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:39 AM by Darryl Curtis

Melonie Turner is a native of McMinnville and has enjoyed dancing as a hobby most of her adult life. She is a 33 year veteran of Ben Lomand Connect (formerly know as Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative) where she serves as the Customer Service Supervisor. Along with her love of dancing, Melonie is involved in Boy Scouting through Troop 309 and has attained the highest adult training, WoodBadge designation. Melonie is a graduate of Leadership McMinnville and is a member of the Church of Christ. She is also a graduate candidate for a bachelor of arts in Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. She’s the mother of four grown children, Justin, Drew, Brook and Brad.

Trent Gribble, owner of West and Gribble Builders, has been building homes and commercial buildings for twenty-three years.  In addition to building projects, he also does dirt excavating.  He was the recipient of the Jaycee Young Businessman of the Year Award in 1999.  A member of the Warren County Home Builders Association, he has served as president for six different years. He served two years in the US Army.  He has two sons, Aaron, who is twenty- one, and Jordan, who is seventeen. They live on the river, and he enjoys doing anything outdoors. His interest in dancing began when he was asked to participate in this event.

Song: Come Away With Me by Nora Jones

Bill & Bliss Zechman

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:38 AM by Darryl Curtis

A 17-year-old junior at Warren County High School, Bliss Zechman is the daughter of Christie Zechman and a very proud big sister to 11-month-old Tallulah. Bliss is a member of Interact service club, Student Advisory, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Youth Leadership. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the dance team. A devoted member of First Baptist Church, Bliss was the 2009 Miss Warren County Scholarship Pageant winner.

Bill, a graduate of McMinnville City High School and the University of Tennessee, worked as a radio news director and newspaper editor before joining the University of Tennessee Space Institute as a research chemist. There he was appointed assistant to internationally known physicist and energy scientist Dr John B Dicks, Jr. During his 30-year career as agent with State Farm Insurance he has been active in the public life of our community, serving 22 years on the Warren County Commission and now in his third year on the Warren County School Board. A former member of the McMinnville Lions Club and Noon Exchange Club, Bill is now a member of the Noon Rotary Club. He is a volunteer producer with Warren County public radio WCPI 91.3, after starting his broadcasting career at age 14 as host for a weekly classical music program on the historic WHNR, McMinnville’s first FM station. He is a former two-term president of the Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter of the United Nations Association, USA, and is on the board of directors of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the resident professional orchestra at Tennessee Technological University. Among his hobbies, Bill is a muzzle-loading enthusiast, shooting only at paper targets with his old-fashioned black powder rifle.

Rob & Teri Nunley

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:38 AM by Darryl Curtis

Although they had known each other since grade school, Rob and Teri Nunley were little more than classmates and friends until a few years ago. 

But fate intervened,  and now they have not only been married for 3 and a half years, but they also have the distinction of being the only three-person team in tonight’s competition, as Teri is four and a half months pregnant with their son, Parker Kent.

Teri is currently the human resources director for Nurse One/Team One, while Rob is a graphic designer with Custom Vinyl Signs & Shirts.

They have both been very active in Relay for Life, with Teri serving as team captain for the McMinnville Jaycees for back-to-back years, helping them to “Bronze Team” status in both 2009 and 2010. 

Like many, their dedication to Relay stems from the toll cancer has taken on their own families. Among their many family members touched by the disease are Teri’s grandfather and father, who are both cancer survivors, while Rob’s father lost his battle in 2005.

As a former Warren County Pioneerette and Tennessee Tech Golden Girl, Teri’s lifelong love of dance made her jump at the chance to enter tonight’s competition, while Rob was less enthusiastic, although even he will admit he has had some fun learning what few dancefloor skills he has picked up over recent weeks.

Paying tribute to their family members and friends, team “Two and a Half Nunleys” will be dancing tonight to Kenny Chesney’s She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy".

Randy England & Ashley Wright

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:37 AM by Darryl Curtis

Randy England has lived in the Fairview community since 1971. He has one daughter, Jessica England. He has been employed at Acument Global Technologies in Spencer, TN as a Machinist for 29 years. Also, he is employed with Donald Hillis Realty and Auction for more than 20 years. He is an auctioneer for the company. Randy is a member of the McMinnville Evening Exchange Club, and is currently President elect. He is also on the board of directors for the Warren County chapter of the American Red Cross, and serves on the organization's disaster relief team. He is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Randy is a member of the Fairview Community Center; board member of the Warren County A&L fair; and trustee for the Smyrna CemeteryUses his auctioneering abilities to raise thousands of dollars for people in need, such as American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Child Abuse Prevention, and other many benefits throughout the county. The reason why he got into this event for Relay for Life is because it is for cancer research. Like many other families, his own family has been affected by cancer. His grandmother died of Leukemia when he was 12 years old. He watched my cousin go through the struggles of cancer, as well. Randy truly believes that Relay for Life is doing great things for cancer survivors and their families. Hopefully in the future there will be a time when our children will not have to worry about the plague of cancer in their lives. He believe every effort made for Relay for Life is another step toward freedom from cancer in the future. 

Randy's dance partner tonight is Ashley Gillentine Wright. Ashley is the community relations coordinator at River Park Hospital and also works on occasion at her family's business Ashley's Attic. She is an avid volunteer with organizations such as Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland, Relay for Life, Junior Auxiliary and March of Dimes and serves on the the local Heritage Alliance, Blood Assurance, Health Council and ACHIEVE advisory boards.  Ashley and her husband Seth live in McMinnville and are Nashville Predator season ticket holders.

Ashley and Randy will be showing their Predator pride tonight with their attire. They'll be dancing to "First and Last Waltz" by Nickel Creek with a Predator-themed suprise at the end.

John & Rhonda Pelham

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:36 AM by Darryl Curtis

John and Rhonda have been married for 31 years, and are the parents of two children, Zach and Whitney, daughter-in-law, Diana, and son-in-law, Dean. Zach, and wife Diana Wooten Pelham of Clarksville, now reside in Springfield, TN; and Whitney, and husband Dean Blankenship, reside in McMinnville.

Rhonda is in her 29th year with the Warren County School System currently serving as the Opportunities Program Coordinator and WCHS Annex CTE teacher. 

John currently serves as our Warren County Executive, in his second term.

In fact, running for public office is the primary reason that this couple is here tonight. They have no history of dancing-- no awards, trophies, dance club memberships, or fancy moves. They have no lifts, dips, or tango tips and, until recently, relied solely on their dancing experience from the 1977 Prom.

During his first campaign for public office, John made only one campaign promise! …and that was… to take ballroom dance lessons with his wife. Since he has fulfilled that promise, and “Relay for Life” has special meaning to them because John’s mother and sister both lost battles with cancer, they are here tonight to show you what they’ve learned and to support the efforts of cancer research.

Song: Little Brown Jug

Danny & Marsha Riggs

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:35 AM by Darryl Curtis   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 7:35 AM ]

Danny & Marsha have been married for 7 years.

Danny works as a System Manager for a Cable Installation Company out of Tullahoma covering 300 square miles including our beloved town of McMinnville. 

Marsha is a 5th grade Teacher & Middle School Drama Coach at Thurman Francis Arts Academy, an Arts Magnet School in Smyrna, TN. 

Danny & Marsha discovered dancing about a year ago.  They have learned the basics in most all ballroom dances but quickly fell in love with the smooth stylings of the lesser-known dance known as West Coast Swing (not to be confused with the high-energy, bouncy stylings of East Coast Swing although they enjoy this style as well!). When they have time they love learning and dancing West Coast Swing and hope to one day compete in this style of dance together!

"Cowboy Cassanova" by Carrie Underwood

Vann & Elaine Lawson

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:34 AM by Darryl Curtis

Non-Competing Contestants
Vann & Elaine have been married for 24 years.

Vann is self-employed. He is the owner/operator of Lawson Trucking Co. for 18 years.

Elaine is manager of Pizza Hut for 28 years, and she is a cancer survivor.

Both Vann & Elaine lost their fathers to cancer as well as numerous other family members. They are active in Relay for LIfe, and love having good times with friends and family.

Tonight they are dancing to "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses" as tribute to Vann, Elaine's Dad, Rodean Curtis and recently passed Uncle Beachel Curtis.

Song18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses

Dr. Cheryl Hitchcock & Jamie Hitchcock

posted Oct 4, 2016, 7:34 AM by Darryl Curtis

Non-Competing Contestants

This mother-daughter team is going to thrill you and stomp you.

Cheryl graduated Warren County High School in 1976. 

She has a doctorate from TTU in Exceptional Learning and is a professor at MTSU in the Department of Elementary & Special ED. 

Cher's motto in life, and especially for her dance tonight, is - 
  • "It is what it is".

Jamie was born in 1982. 

In her 29 years, she has not accomplished much of anything, but she enjoys her inactivity and mid-day TV programs including the recently added "The Chew" on ABC. 

She will be dancing to "Eastbound and Down" as a tribute to the hours spent watching smokey and the Bandit. 
  • Go Burt Reynolds!  <<emcee exclaims>>

Song: East Bound & Down

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