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PAGEANT ENTRANT'S CLAIM ABOUT KIN IS A REAL BEAUTY

Miss America contestant Kandace Williams, whose claims about being a cousin of Kenny Rogers and a descendant of Julius Caesar landed her in the spotlight, says she doesn't know what all the fuss is about.

"It's all true. It didn't strike me as that unusual, but the press really thought it was," Miss Mississippi told The Clarion-Ledger in an interview Tuesday from Atlantic City, N.J."These are things I've told my friends about since I was 6 years old. They're staples on my resume," said Williams, 23.

On the one-page biography contestants submit, Williams also said she is a human magnet. She says abnormal ions in her blood can drain batteries.

Williams says her great-grandfather Tom Hadaway and the country singer Rogers' grandmother, Maddie Hadaway, were brother and sister.

However, questions persist. "We just went through the entire family tree . . . paternal and maternal, and there was no indication whatsoever that there was a Hadaway there," Rogers' publicist Cheryl Kagan said.