Miss Mississippi 2007 – 47 to 1 odds

Kimberly Nicole Morgan was selected as Mississippi’s Miss Mississippi 2007 Saturday night here in Vicksburg. She will no doubt represent this state with the grace, charm and wit that has been conspicuous in all our other Misses Mississippi. The other 46 contestants were likewise abundantly capable of representing our state. But they all can’t win. Miss Morgan was the judges’ favorite. Most people have their own favorite picked out well before the final vote. Just for the sake of curiosity, if you had been a judge, would you have decided as they did, or would you have picked a different contestant? Why?

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  1. I did not see the question as a racist one.

    I attended my first Pageant this past week, like you I thought they were silly and an outdated venue from our sexist past. After I attended I saw the value of a contest of this nature. Primarily it is a way for these young ladies to gain money for school.

    For the winner it is an opportunity to become a role model. With all the negative role models available to our children in todays mass media isn’t it wonderful to have an organization dedicated to presenting our very best in their very best light?

    (the swim suit competition has got to go, perhaps replaced by some geometric formula for physical health).

  2. Ditto on Highway 61 coffee shop and Lorelei Books.

  3. No, no, no…. Not the swimsuit competition…

  4. I used to go to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. I don’t anymore. Now the question that I have is this. Why wasn’t a black chosen for the crown over ten years ago? I remember when Toni SeaRight got it. The down was shocked into the silence on that one. Also the Post didn’t provide editioral support at the time.
    Nowadays I wonder if the Miss Missiissippi Pageant is loosing her audience,like the Miss America Pageant has over the years?

  5. The quality of first half of the telecast was awful – that sure won’t help the ratings.

  6. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT LEONARD HORN WAS A JUDGE AT THIS YEAR’S MS MS PAGEANT. WHEN I WAS INVOLVED WITH THE MS MS PAGEANT (1973-1989)THE NATIONAL PAGEANT WAS VERY POPULAR. PEOPLE GATHERED THE NIGHT OF THE MS AMERICA PAGEANT, HAD PARTIES AND ALL TRIED TO PICK THE TOP 5 AND THE WINNER. IN MY LAST YEARS WITH THE MS MS PAGEANT LEONARD HORN WAS THE PRESIDENT AND DURING THIS TIME HE IMPLEMENTED MANY OF THE CHANGES THAT HAVE CAUSED THE POPULARITY OF THIS PAGEANT TO SLIDE ALL THE WAY TO WHERE THEY HAVE NO SPONSOR AND NO TELEVISION CONTRACT FOR THE COMING YEAR. MS AMERICA WAS FUN BECAUSE WE ALL HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT WE THOUGHT MA AMERICA SHOULD BE. THEN MR. HORN CHANGED THE RULES. GIRLS HAD TO HAVE PLATFORMS. TALENT AND SWIMSUIT WERE DE-EMPHASIZED. THE POINTS WERE CHANGED OVERALL AND THE JUDGING CHANGED TO THE POINT THAT NO-ONE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON. MR. HORN WAS PROBABLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE IN ALL THESE CHANGES. IT AMAZES ME THAT THE FOLKS AT MS MS WOULD INVITE THE MAN THAT HAS ALMOST KILLED THE MS AMERICA PAGEANT AS FAR AS IT POPULARITY IS CONCERNED. AT ONE TIME ONLY THE SUPER BOWL TOPPED ITS RATINGS.

    THANKS LEONARD.

  7. Hey David you hit the nail right on the coffin. Let me tell you I’ve been doing Google searchs on Miss America since they got dropped by the Country Music Television.CMT dropped the pageant and it’s still looking for a television venue. I attended the pagents in the late 80s and it was fun.
    It all change when Hopson intiated the Pageant coup against the Jaycees back in the early ’90s. Horn even came to Vicksburg at the time to back Hopson up too. When I saw Horn as a judge in the paper he reminded me of the 93 pageant coup.

  8. +3points Malcolm

  9. The Saturday Night Finale of the Miss Mississippi Pageant is my favorite night of the entire year and the reason for my euphoria…..
    Police Officers are placed at the intersections of Klein and Pearl Streets and Speed and Pearl Streets and their sole purpose is to make sure the constant barrage of trains do not blow their train horns during THE BEAUTY CONTEST !! I savor those hours of… QUIET.

    As one of 4 B&B owners in the Historic Garden District we have been trying for years and years to get the train horns to stop. We were told by our city officials over 2 years ago that these crossings would be closing within 6 months. The mayor boasted that he could close the crossings tomorrow- that was April of 2005!!! So beware of our boasting mayor! It just goes to show you who has the “pull” in this town, it certainly isn’t the Historic Homes that are desperately trying to keep our businesses running who have made multiple pleas to our city officials for assistance with the train horns.
    No matter that we produce income for this town in the form of tax revenue, no matter that the trains are a safety issue in this town, no matter that the train horns have been proven to cause damage to people’s hearing, no matter that the obnoxious blaring horns day and night are killing our businesses.

    Here is what matters: THE BEAUTY CONTEST!!!! Heaven forbid that the trains roll through during
    THE BEAUTY CONTEST and blow it’s horn- why, one of the BEAUTY CONTESTANTS might become rattled by the noise and heaven forbid she may stop smiling, or even worse, no one in the audience would be able to hear her response in the all important q

  10. Continued from prior comment-

    …no one in the audience would be able to hear her response to the all important question about… world peace.

    So now I get it, all the B&B’s in the Historic Garden District need to hold a BEAUTY CONTEST every night of the week, every week of every month and THEN, the trains won’t blow their horns!!!

  11. You’re certainly right to be upset by the train horns, bnbrown. Your neighbor there on Klein Street has been fighting for an end to them for some time – with no success. KCS will do nothing until they are forced to, and about the only thing that will get their attention is for you and me and the others concerned with the problem to sit our booties on the railroad tracks and refuse to move. Now, the sheriff’s deputies would eventually haul us off to jail, but that’s just part of it. That would get some publicity, maybe the attention of a few of our congressmen, and if it were repeated a time or two, then KCS would get the message. We (and that includes the county and the Bridge Commission) have allowed KCS to bully us for so long that they think they can completely ignore us. But for a fact, they wouldn’t ignore a hundred people sitting on their tracks preventing their trains from moving. BTW, there is another topic on this site that discusses KCS and their noisy trains. Thanks for writing.

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