Miss Tennessee 2014 Hayley Lewis Makes 1st Chattanooga Appearance

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - by Wendy King
Hayley Lewis
Hayley Lewis

Miss Tennessee 2014 Hayley Lewis made her first appearance in Chattanooga on Thursday at Splash! The Salon, since winning the state title on June 21. 

The former Miss Tennessee Valley and the fifth Scenic City Pageant's winner to become Miss Tennessee in the last 12 years, visited with numerous well-wishers. She was scheduled to make a guest appearance with the Chattanooga Symphony at Thursday's Pops on the River Independence Day celebration. 

Ms. Lewis will be taking a leave of absence from her studies at Belmont University where she is a rising senior majoring in Music Business and minoring in Classical Voice Performance in order to fulfill her Miss Tennessee duties.  She will be promoting the Children's Miracle Network as the state Goodwill Ambassador and will also embark on a statewide tour of Tennessee elementary and middle schools as the Governor's official spokesperson for Character Education. 

The vocalist who won a talent preliminary at Miss Tennessee for her rendition of "I Who Have Nothing" will compete at the Miss America Pageant from Sept. 9-14, in Atlantic City along with former Miss Chattanooga Ivy DePew, who recently received her graduate degree from Brown University and also won the Miss Rhode Island Pageant just days apart.


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