IN APRIL.. KENTUCKY NATIVE TARA CONNER... WAS CROWNED "MISS U-S-A." TODAY... SHE'S BACK IN HER HOME STATE. CONNER GREW UP IN RUSSELL SPRINGS.... BUT NOW SHE'S GETTING READY FOR THE "MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT."
SHE SPENT THE DAY IN SOMERSET... WHERE SHE RECEIVED A BIG SURPRISE.
PHIL PENDLETON REPORTS.
It's been nearly 2 months since Tara Conner took that walk across the stage that forever changed her life. But now she's back home in Kentucky.
i've had to overcome some obstacles because I am from a southern state. People hold certain opinions of southern states, which is great for me because I get to prove how wonderful our state is.>
And now's she's finally able to share her experiences with Kentuckians. Via teleconference she spoke to Kentucky soldiers serving in Iraq.
And I feel so fortunate just to talk to you.
And school children across the state. Young girls asked her what it took to get to where she is now.
A chance to talk to her brother Josh, who's also serving his country in Italy.
I haven't seen my brother in over a year. And I just got to look at his beautiful face. And It meant so much to me..because he's such an amazing person.
Conner's parents say their daughter predicted she might be famous one day. But for Conner, she says the great thing about fame is traveling and meeting other famous people. In Somerset, Phil Pendleton