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It's a Tennessee pairing in ‘Bachelor’ finale

Dr. Stork picks Nashville's Sarah Stone, but no wedding bells yet
/ Source: The Associated Press

Vanderbilt emergency room physician Dr. Travis Stork kept it close to home by picking Nashville kindergarten teacher Sarah Stone in the season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor: Paris.”

Stork presented her with a diamond ring on a necklace Monday night.

Sarah: “You’re so perfect for me.”

Travis: “You’re the one that’s perfect for me.”

The 33-year-old Stork, who is completing his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., declared at the outset of this latest “Bachelor” season that he was looking for “the woman who catches my eye — maybe with the way she smiles, the way I first react to her.”

The rejected finalist, Moana Dixon, a 26-year-old distribution manager from Los Angeles, took the bad news calmly in front of Stork, but fell apart in the limo ride.

“This pain I’m experiencing right now is so intense that I just want to crawl back in my shell and just hide,” she said.

Located outside the United States for the first time, the France-set “Bachelor” deployed 25 women to vie for Stork’s affections during a series of glamorous dates. The season began in January.

But although he selected the 26-year-old Stone, Stork’s bachelor status seemed safe for the moment: There was no explicit marriage proposal.

“Let’s see where this relationship goes,” he proposed.