Tameka Raymond scored a bittersweet victory this week when she celebrated the passing of a new Georgia law named in honor of her late son Kile Glover. The mother of five sons returned to Lake Lanier where her son was the victim of a tragic tubing accident during 4th of July weekend last year, for the first time.
Although she had previously vowed never to return to the popular vacation area, Tameka made an appearance to celebrate the passing of the Kile Glover boating education law, along with Georgia lawmakers and Tara Prince, the mother of Jake and Griffin Prince who lost two sons just weeks before Glovers death. The Prince boys are also being memorialized with the new piece of legislation. They were killed after a drunk boater struck their craft.
Hit the flip for more photos from the event and more information on the new law.
Governor Nathan Deal Tuesday at Lake Lanier signed a measure to make boating safer on Georgia’s lakes.
At the Holiday Marina Pavilion, with the families of Kile Glover and Jake and Griffin Prince in the audience, the Governor signed Senate Bill 136, the measure named for them, into law. The bill honors the memory of the Prince Brothers, killed in a B.U.I boating crash last summer as well as Kile Glover, the stepson of R&B artist Usher who died in a personal watercraft collision.
The law requires children 13 and under to wear life jackets when riding in an open, moving boat, and places age limits and education requirements on young water craft operators. The law also sets the boating under the influence alcohol limit at to .08 instead of .10. Georgia had been one of eight states with a higher blood-alcohol limit for boating.
“If you are too drunk to drive a car you’re too drunk to drive a boat,” The Governor said. “With the signing of this legislation we’ll make those standards for driving, boating and hunting uniform at .08 alcohol content.”
State Senator Butch Miller of Gainesville authored the bill and said it got wide legislative support.
“We’re delighted that the law passed the State Senate by a unanimous vote and passed the House of Representatives by a tremendous margin,” Miller said.
Sgt. Lee Brown was one of the DNR officers who helped recover the body of Griffin Prince last June.
“We’re hoping with the signing of this bill it can help reduce those kinds of tragedies that happen on the waterways in the State of Georgia,” Brown said.
The Governor expressed his condolences and those of all Georgians to Tameka Raymond, Kile Glover’s mother, and members of the Prince family. Mrs.Raymond said she wants her son remembered in a special way that will benefit other children.
“I’ve started a foundation in his honor called “Kile’s World Foundation,” she said. “The focus of Kile’s World is performing arts, fine arts and applied arts. We are trying to reach children that are underprivileged or in underserved communities to give them access to fine arts, and performing and applied arts. The foundation website is ‘Kile’s World.org.”
Mrs. Prince said the new law reached out to her family just like their many friends have since the tragedy occurred and it was an honor to have her sons memorialized by the legislation bearing their names.
“They’ve really taken care of us and been there for us,” she said. “We have really amazing friends and an amazing community.”
“Today I will sign Senate Bill 136 because I believe it will save lives,” Governor Deal said. “I sign this bill for all the Kiles, all the Jakes, and all the Griffins of our state.”
This is definitely great news for the Glover family, although we know it is still painful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and Prince family.
More photos from Tameka and an update on her custody case when you continue.
Earlier this week it was reported that Tameka had resumed her custody battle against ex-husband Usher Raymond, however sources close to the former couple tell BOSSIP that no new legal action has taken place. Tameka filed an appeal against the judges decision back in August that is still under review, however the pair’s sons Usher V and Naviyd continue to primarily live with their mother in Georgia with infrequent visits to their father in Los Angeles, while he is taping “The Voice.” Usher is also currently in the process of filming a new movie.
We wish he would just leave his ex be and allow her to be the primary parent both legally and in reality since he is so busy working anyway. SMH.