Dee Franklin

Dee Franklin was involved in Calhoun County 4-H’s Kids in the Kitchen when she was younger and always watched her dad, Danny Franklin, when he was cooking.
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Wilma Johnson

Wilma Johnson of Vardaman enjoys trying new desserts she can use sweet potatoes in for the annual Sweet Potato Cooking Contest.
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Kristy Tindall

Kristy Tindall of Calhoun City hosted four Christmas parties at her house--CCMS school staff, cheerleaders, husband Clint’s family and the church youth.
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Sue Gore

Sue Gore of Bruce has a “Bucket List” of things she wants to learn to cook before she dies.
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Jessica Bollinger Barefield

“As long as I can remember Granny (Emily Bollinger) and Aunt Kim (Bollinger) always made Christmas candy and cookies,” said Jessica Bollinger Barefield of Bruce.
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Lisa Brown

“I had to get used to short order cooking here,” said Lisa Brown, when she started at Pizza Palace in Bruce over a year ago with Bill and Voula Kakales.
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Sweet Potato Contest Cake and Pie Winners

Top winners in the pie and cake categories at the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival included:

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Gayla Bennett

“My mother says I’ve always had  a ‘creative flair in the kitchen’,” said Gayla Tutor Bennett of Bruce. And at a young age, Darlene (Denton) gave her “total and complete freedom in the kitchen.”
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Susan Penick Leachman

“The Penick ladies were known for their cooking,” Susan Penick Leachman of Bruce and formerly of Vardaman, said, especially of her grandmother, Grace Ferguson Penick, for whom the Sweet Potato Banquet cooking award for the best recipe, “Mama Grace,” is named.
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Angie Burns

“Food makes a memory and it makes a connection,” says Angie Burns, who said she started “really” cooking about 10 years ago.
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