Emmy Melton named Miss McNairy County Iris Teen


Emmy Melton, a junior at Chester County High School, recently was given the title of Miss McNairy County Iris Teen.
She was chosen by the pageant director, Amber Phegley, to compete in the Miss Iris Tennessee Teen Pageant after the previous girl gave up her title.
She will compete for Miss Iris Tennessee Teen in Jackson at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in June with the platform of autism. The pageant is hosted by the Miss Tennessee Volunteer program.
“I’m so excited for this journey to Miss Iris Tennessee Teen in June,” she said.
She shared about why autism is her platform.
“It is something very special to me. My nephew, Morgan, was diagnosed when he was 18 months old. I’ve seen the struggles he has of doing simple daily things like talking since he is nonverbal. I believe that Autism, as a disorder, doesn’t need to be fixed, but society’s mindset about children and adults with autism needs to change.”