‘Amelia’s Law’ tops local stories of 2012

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‘Amelia’s Law’ tops local stories of 2012

(Source: The Daily Times)

‘Amelia’s Law’ tops local stories of 2012
By Joel Davis | (joeld@thedailytimes.com)

The top 10 local news stories that marked 2012 reveal the story of a year of tragedies and accomplishments, community controversies and some farewells.

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1) Sixteen-year-old Amelia Dior Keown, a beloved William Blount High School junior, died Aug. 15 in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 411 South, just north of Springview Road.

The driver of the other vehicle, identified as John C. Perkins, 44, of Maryville, died early the next morning. He was driving a 1999 two-door Chrysler Sebring convertible in the left lane of northbound U.S. 411 South when his vehicle crossed the center turn lane and traveled into the left lane of southbound traffic, striking Keown’s vehicle head-on and killing her instantly.

A member of the high school dance team, Keown was on her way home to retrieve her pom poms for dance practice when the crash happened. Keown’s mother, Amanda Moore, said her daughter had planned to go to nursing school and was looking at the University of Tennessee, among other schools.

Toxicology results later confirmed that the Perkins had drugs in his system at the time of the crash. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation toxicology report showed that Perkins, who was on parole at the time of the crash, had methamphetamine and oxycodone in his blood. The toxicology report shows that the level of oxycodone in Perkins’ system was nearly double the normal or therapeutic range and just under what could be considered a toxic level.

The accident prompted Amanda Moore to seek a new state law to prevent offenders like Perkins from being paroled. The proposed legislation, dubbed “Amelia’s Law,” would be similar to the “three strikes” law.

Visit http://www.thedailytimes.com/Local_News/story/Amelias-Law-tops-local-stories-of-2012-id-031382 to view the other top 10 stories. Amelia’s story was number one, beating the Presidential Election.

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