First Lady Scheduled to Speak in Knoxville
Knoxville-Campaign officials for Republican Senate nominee Bob Corker expect first lady Laura Bush to attend a fundraising dinner for the former Chattanooga mayor, who is running against Democrat Harold Ford, Jr., for the seat left vacant by outgoing Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist.
The event is scheduled to occur on October 11th at the Knoxville Convention Center, and admission will be 1,000 dollars per person.
While Corker officials are confident that Mrs. Bush will attend the dinner, the first lady’s personal aides are not yet confirming her intentions.
The first family has been active in its support of Corker’s campaign. President George W. Bush spoke at a Corker fundraising dinner in Nashville on August 30th, and he is expected to appear again in Memphis in the near future.
UT Student Dies after Hit-and-Run
Knoxville–20-year-old UT student Morgan McCarty died of head injuries on Sunday after being hit by a car while crossing the street early Saturday morning.
Knoxville police are still searching for the driver, who fled the scene after hitting McCarty. They believe the car was a white Chevrolet Blazer and have described the driver as a white male with short hair. They encourage anyone who may have information on the case to call them.
McCarty was a Junior at UT from Jackson, Tenn. She was majoring in marketing and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
McCarty and her parents had agreed to donate all her organs.
Blount County Boy Injured in Accidental Shooting
Randall Tipton, an eight-year-old Blount County boy whose neighbor accidentally shot him in the arm on September 2, may never again use his left hand.
Tipton’s mother, Debbie White, has taken off work to care for and homeschool her son ever since his first release from the hospital, so friends have set up a fund to help her cover her medical expenses.
Tipton said he was in the woods looking for box turtles when he heard a gunshot and looked down to see that his hand was nearly severed from his arm. He currently has feeling in only the thumb and little finger of his left hand.
The Blount County District Attorney has yet to decide whether to file charges against the accidental shooter.