White Bluff resident Jonathan Wells won the Tennessee state title in the Texaco Country Showdown Saturday and will now compete in the regional competition next month. Winner of the local competition sponsored by WDKN in May, Wells said he feels “extremely blessed” after topping the competition for the state title at the Lobelville Music Festival over the weekend. He said he wants to give a “huge thank you to the town of White Bluff, Dickson County and my friends and family.” AS state champion, Wells wins $1,000 and will now sing against seven other state winners at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport on Nov. 4. The regional winner advances to the national finals on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium where first place includes $100,000. At the state competition, Wells sang “Carolina Tonight” and “Wedding Day Rain,” which he co-wrote with Allison Joy Williams. Wells said he felt very good about his performance and looking back it was the best show he could give. He said producers of the showdown told him to “keep doing what you’re doing.” A former infantryman with the Tennessee Army National Guard, Wells returned home from deployment in northern Iraq and began to rebuild his life with his family, his custom carpentry business and of course his music. Wells and wife Kendra have welcomed their second daughter, Kathryn, since his return and his woodworking has been featured on HGTV’s “Interiors Inc.” Now he is pursuing his dream of a full-time career as a musician. Wells will be performing at 4 pm this Saturday at the White Bluff Main Street Festival.