MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The 2020 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition is coming to the bluff city. It’s set for June at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis.
(NEWS RELEASE) – The official location for the 2020 Miss TennesseeScholarship Competition, licensed under the Miss America Organization, has beenset for June 7th-13th at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, here inMemphis, Tennessee. This will be the first time in over 65 years that thehistoric Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition will be held in BluffCity!
The Miss Tennessee Organization’s Board of Directors, under theleadership of Chair Joseph Albright since December 2018, unanimously agreed tothe commitment to hold the competition across the entire State of Tennesseeinstead of home-basing in just one area of the state as had been the previouspractice. This was to ensure that Miss Tennessee was showcased to the entireState of Tennessee.
Last year, the competition was held for the first time in Knoxvilleat Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee. BriannaMason, was crowned the first African-American Miss Tennessee on June 29, 2019.She competed for the title of Miss America on December 19, 2019, in Uncasville,Connecticut.
Memphis, has deep roots in the Miss Tennessee and Miss America Organizations and we feel it is only fitting to bring the competition to the Bluff City for 2020! Miss America 1947 Barbra Jo Walker, the first Tennessean crowned Miss America as she represented the City of Memphis. At that time there was not a state-level competition. Kellye Cash, Miss Tennessee 1986 / Miss America 1987 was a student at the then-Memphis State University (The University of Memphis) and living with her family in Memphis when she was crowned both Miss Tennessee and Miss America.
We want to thank Mayor Jim Strickland and his staff, the City of Memphis, Memphis Tourism, the Cannon Center, the Sheraton Hotel, and the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce for their support in this endeavor to bring the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition to Memphis.