Tenn. lawmakers honor McKamey with moment of silence

Tenn. lawmakers honor McKamey with moment of silence, road renaming proposal

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State lawmakers held a moment of silence for Will McKamey Thursday. State lawmakers held a moment of silence for Will McKamey Thursday.
A proposal is in the works to rename part of Oak Ridge Highway in McKamey's honor. (source: Knox County) A proposal is in the works to rename part of Oak Ridge Highway in McKamey's honor. (source: Knox County)

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee State General Assembly honored former Grace Christian Academy football player Will McKamey with a moment of silence Thursday morning. A proposal is also in the works to rename a portion of Oak Ridge Highway in his honor.

McKamey, 19, died Tuesday after collapsing a few days earlier during football practice at the Naval Academy.

State senators and representatives honored his memory Thursday morning by holding moments of silence in his honor.

Sen. Randy McNally, with the urging of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, says he is drafting a bill to rename Oak Ridge Highway between Beaver Ridge Road and Stoneridge Drive the "Midshipman William McKamey Memorial Highway."

"Will McKamey is a hero to all Tennesseans. The courage he displayed on the football field, he was named Mr. Football, his courage to serve in the Navy, his desire to continue to play football. Its just something all our youth can look up to," said McNally.

That stretch of highway passes directly in front of Grace Christian Academy.

The bill will go before the Finance Committee next week and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate within the next few weeks.

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