Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley on Friday declared the month of November as Jordan Smith Month in Harlan County to recognize “this special young man that God has blessed our county with.”
Surrounded by Smith’s family members, educators, Wallins Elementary School students and other supporters, Mosley signed the proclamation in an impromptu ceremony at the Wallins Elementary School. Smith attended grade school there.
In the proclamation, Mosley noted that Smith “has served as a role model to the youth of Harlan County and beyond through the sharing of his musical talent,” noting that as he continues to perform “brilliantly on national television” on The Voice he has brought notoriety to his hometown. It further notes that by reaching the top 12, “he has brought to our county an outpouring of hope and pride, he uses his amazing talent to sing and his beautiful voice as a blessing to others.”
Mosley, reading the proclamation to the audience, noted Smith’s musical accomplishments over the years that included performances with the Lee University Choir from Cleveland, Tennessee, at the presidential inauguration and for the Pope at the Vatican.
With additional competition slated for Monday and Tuesday, Mosley said he urges the community to continue to support Smith through not only voting but my displaying support through various means of signs, posters and painting #TeamJordan on the back window of your car.
Officials are placing banners and signs throughout the town to show support and create excitement as the competition becomes even more intense.
Smith’s family will be joining the community at a watch party on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Harlan Center. The watch parties will continue on the nights of live rounds and result shows, according to Brandon Pennington, director of the Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission.
Pennington said the center has free internet so those attending should bring their electronic devices for casting votes.
“Every week that Jordan moves forward, we will continue hosting a watch party,” he said, adding there will be door prizes given on Monday, along with free refreshments.
“He has already given our community a shot of adrenaline at a time we really need it,” said Pennington.
During the proclamation signing, students cheered “Jordan, Jordan, Jordan.”
Jeanne Ann Lee, Smith’s high school choir director, led the students in “one, two, three Team Jordan” cheer.
Numerous signs hang throughout the school recognizing Smith for his success and offering continued support to him.