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Town mourns death of Lott

Longtime alderman had ‘servant’s heart’ By Jennifer Pignolet pignolet@commercialappeal.com 901-529-2372

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Miranda Dyer (left) was crowned Miss Collierville 2015 and Christal Williamson was crowned Miss Collierville Outstanding Teen 2015 during the 20th anniversary celebration of the Miss Collierville Scholarship Pageant last Saturday at the Harrell Theatre.

MISS COLLIERVILLE SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Poise & platforms Cordova teens Miranda Dyer, Christal Williamson crowned winners

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On Jan. 10, the Miss Collierville Scholarship Pageant celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding its 2015 Miss Collierville Pageant at the Harrell Theatre. In previous years, Collierville’s pageant has won awards for its productions that could rival some of the musical numbers seen on the stages around town. But the day’s biggest draw was the crowning of Miss Collierville Outstanding Teen and Miss Collierville. Earlier in the day, Cordova’s Christal Williamson won the Miss Collierville Outstanding Teen 2015 title. In the evening, the seats were filled to capacity to watch seven young ladies compete to see who would be Miss Collierville. The winner was 17-yearold Miranda Dyer, a senior at Cordova High School who plans to attend college as an art education major. The night’s competition began with a brief walk

down memory lane to honor past pageant winners with co-hosts Madeline Littrell, Miss Collierville 2007, and Erin Hatley, Miss Collierville and Miss Tennessee 2011. The talent portion of the pageant began with Callie Compton performing on aerial silk ribbons. CaDana Campbell performed a lyrical dance, followed by Mary Beth Weber who did speed art. Madison Butler sang “Feeling Good,” Marissa Campell played a concerto on her clarinet, Miranda Dyer sang a tune, and Nyasha Hill danced. After the fitness/swimwear and evening wear portions of the competition, Dyer was crowned Miss Collierville 2015. In addition to the crown, Dyer took home scholarship money totaling more than $8,400. In all, nearly $26,000 in scholarship money was awarded to the contestants who competed.

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Four new area pageant winners were crowned Jan. 3 at the Miss Memphis and Shelby County pageants. The dual-event drew a sellout crowd to St. Mary’s Buckman Performing and Fine Arts in East Memphis. Lauren Lewis, a 13-yearold student at Riverdale, took the title of 2015 Miss Memphis Princess. She will begin preparations for the Tennessee Outstanding Teen Princess Pageant in March and will spend

the year promoting her platform “Youth Leadership & Volunteerism.” Bartlett native Kayli Webb won the coveted crown of Shelby County’s Outstanding Teen. The 16-year-old St. George’s Independent School student will begin preparations for the Tennessee Outstanding Teen Pageant in March and will promote her platform of literacy. Madison Snipes, a 19-year-old sophomore at Pepperdine University, took the title of 2015 Miss Memphis. Jessica McCullough, a 21-yearold Tipton county native and graduate of aviation science from Community College of Beaver County,

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Riverdale student Lauren Lewis (right) was crowned Miss Memphis Princess on Jan. 3 at the 2015 Miss Memphis and Shelby County pageants. Kayli Webb (left) won Miss Shelby County’s Outstanding Teen, Madison Snipes won Miss Memphis, and Jessica McCullough won Miss Shelby County.

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Six-term Collierville Alderman Jimmy Lott died early Tuesday at the age of 76. “The community of Collierville has lost an honorable public servant, a friend and a Godly man who was an inspiration to everyone he met,” town administrator James Lewellen said Jimmy in a statement. Lott Mr. Lott served as an alderman from 1987-99, then rejoined the board in 2003. He was Collierville’s Person of the Year in 2009, named by the Collierville Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Stan Joyner said Mr. Lott had been struggling with his health in the last several months, and after spending the last week in the hospital he had just entered hospice care Monday. He had last been seen at Town Hall in early December. Joyner said Mr. Lott was a kind man with a “servant’s heart.” “He’s always been one that’s

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