ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization has chosen new leadership groups for the pageant in three states and reinstated the leadership in a fourth.
The parent organization of the nearly 100-year-old pageant awarded new state licenses Saturday to groups in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Tennessee, and reinstated the Florida leadership.
Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Tennessee are among states that either had their licenses terminated or not renewed, and who filed a lawsuit against the pageant’s two top leaders.
In Tennessee, a group led by Joseph Albright was chosen. In Pennsylvania, it was one led by Deborah Butcher and Dr. Kirstin Snow.
The Georgia group will be led by Trina Pruitt, and the Florida group led by Keith Williams was reinstated.
Some state pageant leaders are battling national leaders over how the group is being run.