An unexpected opportunity presented itself at “Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars” last night. I had a few extra minutes to chat backstage with Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Jamie, who specializes in covering crime and the law, wrote an excellent account of her experience in the FBI Citizens Academy last Fall. I asked Jamie to consider joining the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association, even if only to be eligible for our trip to Quantico in August. I loved what she posted on Facebook in reply to my congratulations: “It was an amazing experience. Thanks for all you do to for this cause and so many more. Hope to join you soon in the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Mr. President.”
Later, I spotted WATE’s Hana Kim in the audience. She and I were classmates in the Citizens Academy but she hasn’t had time to join the Alumni Association. Assistant News Director Jay Quaintance (and FBIKCAAA member), took a picture of me asking her to consider dancing in the future. After the show, Dan Andrews of the Knoxville Focus took a picture of me asking Hana to consider joining the FBIKCAAA too.
Each of the local television stations had a representative in the dance contest. WATE’s Bo Williams scored a perfect 30 but lost to the Dixie Stampede’s Jay Teter in the judges’ tie-breaker deliberations. WVLT’s Lorena Estrada and WBIR’s Kris Budden both did well as the news reports on their respective stations shows.