Miss Tennessee USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Tennessee.
Rachel Smith, Miss Tennessee USA and Miss USA 2007
Allison Alderson, Miss Tennessee USA 2002 (pictured in 2008)
Karen Compton, Miss Tennessee USA 1986

The Miss Tennessee USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Tennessee in the Miss USA pageant.

Since 2001 the pageant has been held in the auditorium at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.[1][2]

Lynnette Cole, Miss Tennessee USA 2000, and Rachel Smith, Miss Tennessee USA 2007, are the only titleholders to win the Miss USA title. Five Miss Tennessee USA titleholders have formerly competed at Miss Tennessee Teen USA, and Six at Miss America. One of these is Allison Alderson, a "triple crown" winner who has held the Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Miss Tennessee, and Miss Tennessee USA titles, competing at all three major pageants.

In the 2000s, there have been two notable progressions of three consecutive titleholders. From 2002 to 2004, three consecutive Miss Tennessee titleholders won Miss Tennessee USA titles, in the order in which they had held the original titles. This has never happened in the history of Miss USA and Miss America state pageants. From 2005 to 2007, three women who placed in the top six in the Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002 pageant won the Miss Tennessee USA title. One of these includes the winner of the 2002 teen pageant, Rachel Smith. The pageant is also the only pageant to have two of only four women to place at the top 5 at Miss USA and Miss America.

The pageant is directed by Miss Tennessee USA 1989: Kim Greenwood.[3]

Brenna Mader, Miss Tennessee USA 2013 failed to place in Miss USA 2013, breaking the state's 7 year placements.

Placements in Miss USA[edit]

Awards[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2014 Kristy Landers Niedenfuer Nashville 22 Top 20
2013 Brenna Mader Nashville 25 Previously Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2005
2012 Jessica Hibler Brentwood 22 Top 16
2011 Ashley Durham Adamsville 20 1st runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2006
2010 Tucker Perry Franklin 20 Top 10 Daughter of Kathi Tucker, Miss Washington USA 1983.
2009 Kristen Motil[4] Franklin 24 Top 10
2008 Hailey Brown Franklin 25 Top 10 Placed 4th runner-up at Miss Tennessee 2003
2007 Rachel Smith[5] Clarksville 21 Miss USA 2007 Born in Panama and Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002 (Top 10 Semi-Finalist & Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2002) and 4th Runner-up at Miss Universe 2007, currently hosting ABC's OnTheRedCarpet
2006 Lauren Grissom Shelbyville 21 Top 15 Girlfriend of Jake Owen;[6] participant on VH1's You're Cut Off!
2005 Amy Colley Jonesborough 21 2nd runner-up at Miss Tennessee 2008
2004 Stephanie Culberson Knoxville 24 4th runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee 2001, 2nd runner up at Miss America 2002
2003 Beth Hood Cleveland 24 4th runner-up Miss Tennessee 2000
2002 Allison Alderson[1] Nashville 25 Triple Crown winner: Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA, top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1994 and Miss Tennessee 1999
2001 Lisa Tollett Crossville 24 Top 10 Previously engaged with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Elliott Sadler
2000 Lynnette Cole Columbia 21 Miss USA 2000 Best in Swimsuit Top 5 finalist at Miss Universe 2000
Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1995 (3rd RU & Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 1995), 3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1998, Miss Teen All American 1997
1999 Morgan Tandy High Nashville 1st runner-up
1998 Amy Neely Macon County Honorable Mention
1997 Towanna Stone Morristown 24 2nd runner-up
1996 Becca Lee 24 2nd runner-up Finesse Style Award
1995 Lee Ann Huey Style Award
1994 Leah Hulan Semi-finalist Previously Miss Tennessee 1992
1993 Cammy Gregory Paris 22 Semi-finalist
1992 Natalie Ann Bray
1991 Angela Johnson
1990 Charita Moses 20 Semi-finalist
1989 Kimberly Payne Previously Tennessee's Junior Miss 1985; Current director of the Miss Georgia USA, Miss Georgia Teen USA, Miss Mississippi USA, Miss Mississippi Teen USA, Miss Tennessee USA, and Miss Tennessee Teen USA pageants under her married name, Kim Greenwood[3]
1988 Stephanie Jane Potts Memphis 23 Semi-finalist
1987 Molly Brown Loretto Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1984 (2nd runner-up at Miss Teen USA)
1986 Karen Compton Lawrenceburg
1985 Martha Elizabeth Browning Chattanooga Miss Congeniality
1984 Desiree Denise Daniels Chattanooga 24 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee 1982 and finished 1st runner up to Miss America 1983
1983 Ladonna Friday Jonesborough
1982 Sherly Deanice Levy (aka Nise Levy) Nashville Semi-finalist Appeared on Australian series of World's Strictest Parents
1981 Sharon Kay Steakly Nashville Semi-finalist
1980 Diane Hunt Chattanooga
1979 Sandy Nuismer Nashville
1978 Suzanna Timberlake Chattanooga Miss Photogenic semifinalist in Miss World USA 1980
1977 Rene Jean Smith Cookeville
1976 Jana Kerr
1975 Shelly Smith Memphis Previously Miss Memphis State 1975
1974 Brin Annette Hendrix
1973 Tommye Hooker
1972 Linda Diane Thompson actress and songwriter
1971 Sue Collins
1970 Donna Marie Ford 3rd runner-up
1969 Suzie Richardson
1968 Sandra Force Semi-finalist
1967 Nancy Brackhahn Semi-finalist
1966 Mary Margaret Smith Semi-finalist
1965 Bonnie Perkins Miss Congeniality
1964 Pat Kerr Best State Costume
1963 Bobbie Lynn Morrow Semi-finalist
1962 Gail White Chattanooga 2nd runner-up
1961 Anita Atkins
1960 Christine McSwain
1959 Marcia Daniels
1958 Martha Boales Memphis Semi-finalist 1st runner-up in the 1959 Miss Dixie Pageant
1957 Patricia Prather
1956 Stella Wilson Semi-finalist
1955 Barbara Gurley
1954 Barbara Holly
1953 No representative
1952 Jean Harper Memphis 3rd runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee 1951

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butterfield, Fox (2001-10-15). "Next Door to Army Base, Pageant Proudly Goes On". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Dexter, Jamie (2008-10-01). "Clarksville to host pageants". The Leaf Chronicle. 
  3. ^ a b "Producers". Miss Tennessee USA/Teen USA Pageants. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dexter, Jamie (2008-10-05). "Dream comes true for one contestant". The Leaf Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Veiga, Alex (2007-03-24). "Dream comes true for one contestant". Washington Post. 
  6. ^ Bierly, Mandi (2009-02-27). "Jake Owen: The EW Pop Culture Personality Test". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

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