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Special Olympics Torch Run announcement in Manchester begins Statewide Event

The Manchester Police Department announced on Monday their involvement in raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Chief Mark Yother is the chairman of a group of chiefs that are working together on this project.

Chief Yother with is daughter and student at Westwood

Yother’s daughter Ami Shedd works in the special needs department at Westwood.

Yother explained that a torch run will take place all across the state, beginning in East Tennessee. Former Nashville Police Chief Joe Casey requested that police chiefs across the state bring recognition to these special athletes. Chief “Yogi” Yother is coordinating the run and has challenged all Chiefs across the state to contribute a minimum of $100 and officers to donate at least $10. Click below for Yother’s statement:

Casey spent 16 years as the Nashville chief and 38 years with the department and Special Olympics is something he feels strongly about.

A ceremony was held at Westwood Elementary Monday morning to jump start the torch run.

Top picture: L-R front: Director of Schools in Manchester, Dr Joey Vaughn, Ami Shedd, Chief Mark Yother and Manchester Mayor Marilyn Howard. In the back are Manchester officers, K-9, Investigators and Assistant Chief Adam Floied. Pictures by Joe Abraham and Christina Marin

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Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,461 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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