Taylor County native to repeat as Junior Miss emcee

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By The Staff

The Taylor County Junior Miss Committee has announced that Heather Bennett Orne will once again serve as mistress of ceremonies for the Taylor County Junior Miss Scholarship Program on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Daughter of Kenny and Carla Bennett of Campbellsville, Orne was born and raised in Campbellsville and graduated from Taylor County High School in 1994. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in broadcast journalism and then moved to Nashville, Tenn.

Orne spent a few years working in the financial securities industry but then returned to broadcasting. Her broadcast career began at WSM-AM radio in the news department before taking her first television news job in Huntsville, Ala. She returned to Nashville in 2001 as an assistant producer and reporter at the local Fox affiliate.

Orne then moved across town to the ABC affiliate, where she anchored the morning news with her husband Neil for four years. After their first child was born on March 7, 2007, Orne decided to leave the television news business to spend time at home with her daughter, Carly.

She is now working on a new start-up venture. Her company will launch a nationwide network of Web sites that will change the way many stay informed about news and events happening in their community. The first site will be Nashville247.com and is set for launch in the coming months.

Seventeen young ladies will be competing in the 2009 "Celebrate Your True Colors"-themed program, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium on Aug. 23. Candidates will be competing for both cash and tuition scholarships.

According to program chair Susan Dabney, it's still not too late for donors to give to the scholarship fund. Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact Shelly Miller at 465-6111 or Dabney at 465-4637.

The high school senior chosen to serve as Taylor County's Junior Miss will represent Taylor County in the Kentucky's Junior Miss program in Lexington in January 2009. The 2008 Taylor County Junior Miss, Megan Romines, was named a top 15 finalist at the state program.