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Mom: Blount Co. student killed while running errand

7:54 AM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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  • Amelia Keown
  • Fatal accident on Hwy. 411 between Maryville and Greenback.
    

Amanda Moore spent Wednesday arranging an event no parent wants to endure: their child's memorial service.

Moore's 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Keown, was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Highway 411.  Keown was a well-loved junior at William Blount High School where she held the title of "spirit leader" on the William Blount Dance Team.

"She had dance practice Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and she got out of school and realized she forgot her pom poms.  She texted me and said, 'Momma, I'm going to run home and get my pom poms'.  I said, okay baby, be careful.  I didn't hear back from her, so I sent her a text.  A few minutes later my husband called me because he drove up on the accident with our 20-month-old," Amanda Moore said.

The 16-year-old's stepfather, William Moore, learned the teenager he adored died on the scene. 

"My heart just sank.  I had been in Amelia's life for three and a half years.  Other than her grandfather, who was her dad until I came along, I got to be her dad.  I cherish that.  I always had high expectations for her.  She knew I expected a lot out of her and she always met expectations," William Moore said.

The driver of the car that hit Keown, John C. Perkins, 44, of Maryville, also died in the accident.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a trooper had clocked Perkins speeding, and attempted to turn around to do a traffic stop just before the crash.

Counselors and chaplains provided support to grieving classmates and teachers at William Blount High Wednesday.  At the wreck site, a wooden cross bearing pink flowers reminded drivers of the huge loss.

"She was so funny.  She was a sweet girl.  She had a good heart," Amanda Moore said.  "This Friday would have been the dance team's first dance.  She was announced spirit leader [of the dance team].  It was because she kept the girls happy and cheerful and was always making the girls laugh.  She was so excited about that,".

Friday's dance routine; now an after thought.  The William Blount community is focused on comforting Keown's family and attending her memorial service Thursday evening.

"It's indescribable pain.  She was my baby.  I put her through the driver's instruction courses and we drove with her all the time.  We made sure she was ready for her license.  She just got her license one month ago," the mother said while shedding tears.

Keown also leaves behind two sisters who adored her deeply.

Family will receive friends Thursday, August 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church off William Blount Drive.  A memorial service will follow at 7:30.  A balloon release is planned at the church after the service.

Friday, students at William Blount High School plan to wear pink in memory of Amelia Keown.

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