Pigeon Forge baseball coach killed in wreck leaves legacy in Anderson County

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Jeremy Chesney was once a star on the high school diamond himself.

As a player, he was one of the leaders of the Anderson County High School baseball team.

These days, Chesney was coaching others at Pigeon Forge High School, but now he's gone.

It's just been two years since Chesney graduated from the team, so many of the juniors and seniors knew him.

Chesney was just twenty and for many people here, it's just too hard to believe he's gone.

Anderson County High School Principal Greg Deal

"There's just no way of explaining it away or coming to grips with it sometimes. It's just a terrible tragedy."

Shock describes the feeling of many people at Anderson county high after a Sunday afternoon car accident takes the life of former student Jeremy Chesney.

Chesney was a star baseball player at the school where many of the junior and seniors played with him.

ACHS baseball coach Ben Downs says, "It's something we have to deal with. We're trying to pick each other up today and help each other out during this tough time."

Players continued with practice but there were also a lot of good memories about Chesney....including his senior year at the regional championship game.

ACHS assistant baseball coach Allen Russell says, "We're tied up nine to nine this is the bottom of the tenth and he hits a walk off home run and I think it landed yesterday."

Chesney began this year as an assistant baseball coach for Pigeon Forge High School.

But the loss is especially tough for former player Cody Pack who was more than a teammate of Chesney's at Anderson county high.

Pack says, "I played with him when I was young. He was my second cousin so we're family and we played backyard baseball all the time."

And baseball it has been for both of them....until now.

Pack says, "We're all just praying, you know. That's all we can do right now. It's one of the hardest things that can happen."

Funeral services for Chesney will be held Friday at Martin-Wilson Funeral Home in Lafollete.

Visitation is set from Thursday 5 to 8 pm at Powell Methodist Church on Emory Road in Powell, with services immediately following there as well.

The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Wesley Teaster was also a coach.
he remains at UT Medical Center in stable condition.

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