Miss Lexington Nicole Jordan Crowned Miss Tennessee

Miss Chattanooga Nicole Mazzio Is First Runner-Up

Sunday, June 20, 2010 - by Wendy King
Miss Tennessee 2009 Stefanie Wittler of Soddy Daisy (right) and her successor, Miss Tennessee 2010 Nicole Jordan of Memphis, moments after Saturday's conclusion of the 58th annual pageant in Jackson. Click to enlarge.
Miss Tennessee 2009 Stefanie Wittler of Soddy Daisy (right) and her successor, Miss Tennessee 2010 Nicole Jordan of Memphis, moments after Saturday's conclusion of the 58th annual pageant in Jackson. Click to enlarge.
- photo by Wendy King

JACKSON – When the remaining two finalists were waiting to hear the judges’ decision late Saturday night at the Miss Tennessee Pageant, the only certainty was that 2009 winner Stefanie Wittler of Soddy Daisy would be succeeded by a woman named Nicole and that she was either the Chattanooga or Lexington representative.

Moments later emcee and former Miss Tennessee Allison DeMarcus revealed that Miss Lexington Nicole Jordan of Memphis was the newest state titleholder and the recipient of a $15,000 scholarship narrowly edging Miss Chattanooga Nicole Mazzio of Clarksville who received a $7,500 scholarship.

Although the crown is leaving Chattanooga area representatives’ hands after two years, the Southeast Tennessee contingent once again had a strong showing as the region has dominated the state pageant for the last decade winning six of the last 11 years.



Miss Metropolitan Lacey Alford was third runner-up, Miss Scenic City Kaley Schwab was a top 10 finalist while Miss City Lights Ivy DePew and Miss Hamilton County Katie Kendall were in the top 15.

Second runner-up Miss UT-Knoxville Shelby Thompson is the daughter of Miss Chattanooga 1977 Eunice Belew Thompson.

Miss Cleveland Brooke Stegeman made pageant history on Friday when she was among the recipients in the first ever three way tie in a preliminary event as she as Miss Tennessee Epiphany Juliana Robbins and Miss Walking Tall Erin Hatley shared the swimsuit award.

Miss Mazzio, a 22-year-old graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, would have been the first Miss Chattanooga in 52 years to win the state crown outright. Nine Chattanooga representatives have participated in the Miss America Pageant, but in 1948 Dorothy Free became the first Miss Chattanooga to win the Miss Tennessee title.

Miss Mazzio won Thursday’s swimsuit preliminary and song the pop vocal “Halleleujah” in the talent portion. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and wants to become a professional hair and make-up artist.

Miss Alford is a senior majoring in broadcasting at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and she sang the Melissa Manchester classic “Don’t Cry Out Loud”.

Miss Jordan is the second Lexington entrant to capture the title in the last four years following in the footsteps of 2007 winner Grace Gore Sturdivant.

However, she is the first University of Alabama student to wear the Tennessee crown. Miss Jordan is a senior majoring in Musical Theatre and wants to pursue a career as a Broadway entertainer. She was competing for the third time at Miss Tennessee but participated in the Miss Alabama Pageant last year representing the University where she was a non-finalist.

Miss Jordan will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant on January 15th when the 90th anniversary festivities will be telecast on ABC. She will also be the state’s goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network and embark on a tour of elementary and middle schools. Her community service platform is the America’s Promise Alliance which was founded by General Colin Powell and his wife Alma in 1997 to provide a variety of opportunities for American youth.

Meanwhile, Miss Wittler will be a correspondent for WRCB’s Friday Night Football starting in August as well as working in the marketing department at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. She is also practicing for her appearance in the Dare to Dance fundraiser on September 25th benefiting the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and resuming her studies at UT-Chattanooga where she is a senior majoring in Communcations. Miss Wittler could pursue post-graduate work with the $20,000 scholarship she received for her second runner-up finish at January’s Miss America Pageant.

First runner-up Miss Chattanooga Nicole Mazzio and third runner-up Miss Metropolitan Lacey Alford celebrate following their top five finish at Saturday's Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson.
First runner-up Miss Chattanooga Nicole Mazzio and third runner-up Miss Metropolitan Lacey Alford celebrate following their top five finish at Saturday's Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson.
- Photo2 by Wendy King

There Will Be Several Lane Closures This Week

Fort Street between West 13 th  Street and Main Street and West 14 th  Street between Carter Street and Chestnut Street will be closed from  3 p.m.  on  Wednesday, u ntil  3 p.m. on Sunday , for the Coker Tire Challenge.   West 13 th  Street between Fort Street and Chestnut Street and the right northbound lane of Carter Street ... (click for more)

Scenic City Camaro Club Raises Money For Children's Hospital

The Scenic City Camaro Club, Inc. will raise money through pledges per mile and donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Children's Hospital Foundation) and Erlanger Health System Foundations (Erlanger Center for Lung Health in memory of Tammy Hey). They will meet at  Mountain View Chevrolet  in Chattanooga this   Saturday, at 7 a.m.(ET)   ... (click for more)

City Receives $400,000 Federal Grant To Study Passenger Train Service

The United States Department of Transportation has announced Chattanooga has received a $400,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a passenger rail system in Chattanooga. There were 72 awards announced in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Out of numerous grant applications across Tennessee, ... (click for more)

Former Assistant Police Chief Eidson Not Charged In Shooting Of Stepson On Englewood Avenue

Former Chattanooga Police Department Assistant Chief Kirk Eidson was not charged in the shooting of stepson Robert Ingle, 18, on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. However, Ingle was charged with domestic assault and vandalism. In the incident shortly after 9 a.m. at 1049 Englewood Ave., Mr. Eidson said Ingle came to the house asking him to take him to their other house ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)