Amelia Dior Keown was only 16 years old when her life was taken by someone who should not have been on the road. This website is dedicated to her memory and to the fight to have Amelia's Law passed. A law which would keep repeat offenders behind bars if they have shown to be a danger to the public.

Amelia Dior Keown was only 16 years old when her life was taken by someone who should not have been on the road. This website is dedicated to her memory and to the fight to have Amelia's Law passed. A law which would keep repeat offenders behind bars if they have shown to be a danger to the public.

Amelia was a member of the William Blount High School dance team. She was the spirit leader and is truly missed by all of her team members, friends, and family. Help us honor Amelia by passing Amelia's Law in hopes of saving future innocent lives.

Amelia hoped to one day become a nurse to help other people. She always wanted to help everyone around her. It is our turn to help her by preventing future deaths by convicted felons that should otherwise remain in jail. Help our fight by signing our petition today!

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Make a change! Stand up and sign the petition to add more felonies to the 3 strikes your out law in the State of Tennessee!

Our Cause

On August 14th, 2012 my daughter Amelia Keown was killed on Hwy 411 in Maryville TN. She was hit head on by a man who was running from the police. He had a 9 page Tennessee criminal history with numerous felonies. Had the parole board not given him early release for a 2 week aggravated robbery crime spree he did in 2005, he still would have been in prison and my daughter would have been safe.

Our judges and parole boards need to sentence these criminals correctly and have them serve their time. Had he been served with Tennessee State Statute criminal penalties, he would still be in prison, not eligible for early release until 2015. Had the parole board looked at his record ( and they had to have) I can not understand how they let him out. This man died too, and this is not about him at this point. If he was out, how many others just like him are out? We have to stand together as citizens of Tennessee and demand safety on our roads for our families and children.

Amelia was an honor roll student, on the dance team, a member of HOSA with plans to become a nurse. She always helped anyone who needed it. She was just going home from school to get her pom poms for dance practice. This man was a career criminal, who in addition to his felonies, had numerous wrecks all with the same pattern. He never touched his brakes, he just hit people. And he said several times it was a “mechanical failure”. We have to do something because our State Government will NOT unless we make a stand.

Please help me pass Amelias Law so that her death is not in vain. Our community lost a beautiful bright girl that day who will never be able to show the world what she was capable of. I don’t want another family going through what I am going through now. This never should have happened, and I hold our State Government just as responsible as I do the man that killed her that day. My intent is to have the law changed in her name to include ANY felony which endangers the public.

The current 3 strikes your out law includes a specific list of felonies, however they did not include aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, or drugs which this man had numerous charges of all as well as fleeing the police several times and felony escape. In the eyes of Tennessee his crimes weren’t “bad” enough, and look at the cost of letting him out. Amelia lost her life, and no one else needs to because of something like this.

Maryville family asking state legislators to create “Amelia’s Law”

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) — A Blount County family is taking the fight for a new law to the state, after their teen was killed in a car wreck.
“Amelia’s Law” is about more than her memory, they hope her death will actually protect many others.
Amelia Keown was killed in a head on collision in August. Police say the other driver, John …

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Mother’s quest for “Amelia’s Law” continue

Written by: WBIR
The death of a Blount County teenager has sparked her family in to action, trying to prevent their nightmare from happening to someone else.
Thursday morning, Amanda Moore, the mother of 16-year-old Amelia Keown, spoke with State Senator Doug Overbey about getting “Amelia’s Law” passed in Tennessee.
In August, Amelia Keown was killed in a head-on collision in Blount County.
The …

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Families of car crash victims join forces on Amelia’s Law


Source: WATE.COM
ALCOA (WATE) – The mother and grandfather of a Maryville teen killed in car accident continued their crusade Thursday for Amelia’s Law.
It’s a proposal that would keep convicted felons in jail longer.
Amelia Keown was hit head-on August 14th by John Perkins, a felon who was paroled early from prison.
“This was his fifth wreck in nine months,” said Amelia’s mother, …

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Amelia’s Song

A song was written for Amelia. It’s called “Amelia’s Song”.  It is a beautiful song co-written and sung by a beautiful little girl named Emi. Please take a few moments and watch this video, it’s truly amazing and such a gift!

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The Amelia Keown Protecting our Families Music Benefit

The Amelia Keown Protecting our Families Music Benefit will be held on October 20th, 2012. Doors open at 12 noon at the William Blount High School 9th grade academy school and will include concert performances by Justin Pino, Greylan James, Laurel Wright and the Jason Stinnett Band. Below is a flyer with more details -Please come out and support our cause!

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Benefit to be held in October

Mark you calendars! There will be an upcoming benefit which will be held on October 2oth from 1 pm to 5 pm. The location will be announced soon so please stay tuned to the website for future details!

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Amelia’s Law Petition Reaches Over 7,000 Signatures

Amelia’s Law has now reached over 7,000 signatures online but we still need your help!  Please head over to and sign the petition if you haven’t already done so. Stand up and make a change!

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Beautiful Sketch Photo

Amelia’s grandfather, Wayne Keown, would like to share this beautiful sketch with everyone.  We are 8 signatures away from 7,000 signatures on  Please sign the petition and let’s get Amelia’N signatures!  Please click on the thumbnail for a bigger picture.

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Maryville mother finds new ammunition for Amelia’s Law

6 News Reporter
LOUISVILLE (WATE) – During a meeting Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Amanda Moore received a copy of John Perkins’ probation and parole reports. He crashed into her 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Keown, head-on, killing her instantly.
The contents of the reports surprised Moore, making her fight even harder to get Amelia’s Law on the books.
“It says he …

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Senator Doug Overbey to meet with family of Amelia Keown

Senator Doug Overbey will be meeting with the family of Amelia Keown on Thursday October 4th, 2012 in Maryville.  Amanda Moore, Amelia’s mother, requested the meeting after the recommendation from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey in Nashville last Wednesday.  The meeting will take place at 8 a.m to discuss Amelia’s Law. Please remember to sign the petition by clicking here if …

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