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This past week sadness has taken over the Farragut community as it deals with the death of another youth.

The death of Holly Ann Clancy was a waste. A child who had yet to show the world what she could and would have done to perhaps make the world a better place in which to live.


We add her name to those of Megan Birkel, who lost her life in a traffic accident on Virtue Road after fulfilling a babysitting commitment; Adam Downen, 18, who also lost his life in a traffic accident on Northshore Drive in 2000 after attending a party; and Caleb Key Carter, 16, who lost his life in a shooting accident at a party in Farragut.

This list is short compared to the list countywide, which would include the many teens from the Powell area, who have lost their lives in traffic-related accidents.

With the prom season upon us and graduation rapidly approaching, the desire to party many with alcohol is great.

It is the role of responsible adults, unlike those who face charges from this past weekend tragedy, to be firm about enforcing the rules of the road and especially about the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

There is a reason why you must be 21 years old to drink, and no adult is above the law or has the power to change that.

 

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