Annual Channon Christian tourney comes with good news

(WBIR - West Knoxville) The family of a murdered Knoxville woman spent Sunday honoring her memory on the golf course.

The 7th annual Channon Christian Golf Tournament raises money for a scholarsip in Channon's honor. Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom, were killed in 2007.

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Channon's mother, Deena Christian, said this golf tournament and the girls who earn the scholarship have done helped carry on her daughter's legacy.

"Several of our, as we call them "Channon's angels", have graduated and have gone on to pursue some type of work with children," said Deena. "Whether it be education, or medicine or even in finance, to where they're working with Children's Hospital in the finance committee."

But this year's tournament also comes with good news from the state capital.

Chris Newsom's law will eliminate the need for a judge's signature on a unanimous verdict. Channon's law prevents defense attorneys from using a victim's reputation as a way to question his or her character.

SEE: Christians go to Nashville in support 'Channon Christian Act'

Governor Bill Haslam will sign the Channon Christian and Chris Newsom acts into law Tuesday.


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