Knox County Commission memorializes flu victim

The Knox County Commission honored Leeann Samples, a woman who died from the flu, and honored her husband, Don Samples at their meeting Monday.

Samples launched a campaign after his wife passed away in 2014 called, "We can for Leeann," on social media. 

The campaign was meant to push the importance of receiving a flu shot and raise awareness of the flu.

"This was one way that Knox County can keep her memory," said District 2 Knox County Commissioner Michele Carringer. "And also educate and let people know how important it is to get your flu shot."

The commission also approved building a statue of Harry Burn in Market Square. Burn was a Tennessee state legislator who cast the final vote for Tennessee to approve ratifying the 19th Amendment to legalize women's voting rights.

Also on Monday, the commission approved a new contract with Walden Security for unarmed security guards to keep watch of Lawson McGhee Library and East Tennessee History Center. Guards will be at the two locations during operating hours.

The year-long contract will be $95,000.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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