Miss Alabama returns to her old stomping grounds

The newly crowned Miss Alabama her first trip back home Thursday since taking the title.

Miss Ashley Davis, a Dothan native, spent the day making visits around town and taking pictures with some of the famous peanut statues in town.

Her busy schedule begins immediately with appearances all across the state.

She said she couldn't be more excited about the year ahead.

"I'm really hoping to inspire a spirit of service in my community and in other communities, and everyone always thinks that you have to be an older person to be a role model. I want to inspire younger generations and my peer, and every citizen to really get involved in their communities and be active," said Davis.

Ashley is the first Dothan native to win Miss Alabama since Heather Whitestone. She is studying political science and public relations at UAB.