36 contestants from across the Volunteer State will compete for the 2012 Miss Tennessee title this week in Jackson. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the pageant which produces Tennessee's representative in the Miss America Pageant. Jackson has been home to the pageant since 1953 and serving as host has been a great opportunity for the area to be showcased statewide. The pageant gets underway Wednesday evening at the Civic Center and continues through Saturday night when the new Miss Tennessee will be crowned. Tickets may be purchased by calling the pageant office at (731) 425-8590. Tickets may also be available at the door one hour before the pageant begins. The pageant begins at 8:00 pm on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and at 7:45 on the 23rd.