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J.R. Barnes, 12, of Carrollton and a student at Carroll County Middle School is becoming an outstanding entertainer. Barnes recently attended the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention at the Airport Marriott Hotel near Florence, Ky. Jeff Dunham, a renowned ventriloquist, was a special guest speaker.
He gave a lecture on how to become a better ventriloquist to more than 650 attendees.
Barnes’ uncle, Steve Kilgore of Nashville, Tenn., has been teaching Barnes how to do magic and ventriloquism for the past two years. Kilgore believes that Barnes could be the next Houdini or Jeff Dunham. J.R. is the son of Mandy and Robert Barnes of Carrollton.