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UTM Orchestra performs concert for recovering accident victim

12-07-2017


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut





MARTIN, Tenn. – Several members of the University of Tennessee at Martin orchestra, conducted by Dr. Angela Ammerman, assistant professor of music, performed Tuesday at Spire Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital in Martin for facility patients, including Kenny Robinson, WLJT-DT engineering manager.

Robinson, of Sharon, is recovering from injuries sustained Nov. 4 in a four-vehicle accident in Fulton, Kentucky, that caused the death of Robinson’s wife, Teena.

“Kenny Robinson was one of the original members of the UTM orchestra and is one of the most passionate and determined musicians you might meet. When the members of the orchestra heard about his accident, everyone immediately wanted to know how they could help,” said Ammerman. “Kenny was thoroughly disappointed that he couldn't be in the concert, and so we decided if we couldn't get Kenny to our concert, we would bring the concert to him. We are hoping that by performing for him, we can provide support and motivation during this trying time.”

Robinson has been part of the WLJT-DT family since 1997 and also performs as part of the UT Martin House Band.

“I wanted to thank everyone who has done so much since the tragic accident. Losing my amazing wife, Teena, is by far the hardest part. I will miss her forever. … I really appreciate the prayers and support of friends and family,” he wrote in a Facebook post Nov. 29.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help him with medical bills and expenses associated with the accident and his recovery period. Those interested in contributing to this effort can visit gofundme.com and search for “Kenny and Teena Robinson.”

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Robinson, UT Martin associate professor of communications, at 731-881-7555, or email rrobins@utm.edu.

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MARTIN, Tenn., Dec. 7, 2017 – A CONCERT FOR KENNY – Members of the UTM orchestra performed Dec. 5 for patients at the Spire Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital in Martin. Front and center for the concert was Kenny Robinson, WLJT engineering manager, who is recovering from a vehicle accident that occurred in November. Robinson is one of the orchestra’s original members and was treated to this special performance by eight of the 20 orchestra members. A GoFundMe account has been created to help Robinson with medical bills and expenses associated with the accident and his recovery period. Those interested in contributing to this effort can visit gofundme.com and search for “Kenny and Teena Robinson.” Pictured are (l to r) Michelle Feiser, Martin; Carla Field, Martin; Bethany Ostenson, Martin; Dr. Richard Robinson, Martin; Kenny Robinson, Sharon; Dr. Angela Ammerman, Martin; Lee Moses, Union City; Shannon Boggess, Hendersonville, Tenn.; and Micah Barnes, Martin.

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