Knox News Brief: Featuring Pat Summitt
By Brooke Flatford
September 1, 2016
Knoxville is a bustling city, and the life of the average high schoolers is equally busy. For those who don’t always have time to catch the news, check out the short list of Knoxville’s latest and greatest happenings.
UT Football To Honor Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt will be honored by the University of Tennessee’s football team this fall season. The team will be wearing a sticker on the back of their helmets as tribute to the late Lady Vols basketball coach.
Pat Summitt passed away June 28, 2016 from Alzheimer’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in August of 2011 at 59 years of age. However, she remained the head coach of the 2011-2012 team, but then stepped down at the end of the season.
Coach Summitt lead the team to 1,098 career wins and eight NCAA championships during her 38 years as head coach. Not only did she contribute to UT athletics, but United States athletics as well. She won an Olympic gold medal as head coach of the 1984 U.S. women’s basketball team and a silver medal as a player on the 1976 team.
She was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. Pat Summitt has not only influenced women’s basketball, but other athletes of different sports, genders, and ages.
Butch Jones and his team are paying their respects where it is due, to a woman who has contributed much of her life to the athletics of the University of Tennessee.
Fatal Shooting of Maryville Police Officer
After the death of Kenny Moats, a 32 year old Maryville police officer, a community has come together to support his family to provide financial and emotional assistance.
Kenny Moats passed away Thursday, August 25 after responding to a domestic violence situation where he was fatally shot. The man accused of shooting Moats is Brian K. Stalans, who turned 44 years old on the day of the incident. Facing five charges, including capital murder, Stalans has a preliminary hearing date set for September 15, with bail posted at $1.5 million.
Hundreds of East Tennessee residents gathered Friday night, August 26 to honor Officer Moat’s life and show support for a grieving family, which consists of a wife and three children. The Honor Network will also pay its respects by bestowing the United States Honor Flag upon Moats for his dedication to his job and helping others.
Moats’ closest friends explain that he was a great father and husband who always worked to assist others. His neighbor, Michael Potter, said he was a “good family man… always taking care of the people around him…”
Kenny Moats was put to rest Tuesday, August 30. He will truly be missed among his family, friends, and East Tennessee community.
Friends of the Smokies Tops $200,000 At Annual Telethon
In the spirit of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and its “Find Your Park” campaign, the Friends of the Smokies had its 22nd annual telethon to support the Great Smoky Mountains. The telethon, which was held Wednesday, August 24, raised $205,562, making this the third year in a row the organization has topped $200,000.
The live, hour long telethon was hosted by WBIR and the Asheville television station, WLOS. In this hour, donations came in from Tennesseans and other park lovers across the country.
Donations are still being accepted online.
Jim Hart, president of the Friends of the Smokies, says the “100th anniversary of the National Park Service is a truly special occasion, made even more extraordinary by the generosity of our donors Wednesday night.” The National Park Service celebrated their Centennial the following day, Thursday, August 25.
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