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One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest E. Witcraft
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Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center conducted two days of training seminars at the Bass Pro Shop, off Interstate 40, Exit 407, on Monday and Tuesday, during which law enforcement, court system, and social services representatives received instruction on forensic investigation, child abuse intervention and treatment, communications, and many other aspects of child abuse. [Picture no available] From left, standing, are crime scene investigator Arthur M. Bohanan, Safe Harbor Victims Advocate Janice Hendrix, Newport Police Department Det. Wayne Ball, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Donna J. Koester, and Safe Harbor board member Joyce Sewell. Seated, from left, are Pigeon…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:55

Safe Harbor moves one step closer to reality

Written by Gayle Page
The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Inc. has moved one step closer to tangible reality with the signing of a twenty-five year lease for land on which to build its first facility. At a February 20 meeting, Sevierville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the lease agreement previously endorsed by Safe Harbor’s president, Barry Fain, on behalf of that organization’s directors.  The property is located next to the Boys & Girls Club on Dolly Parton Parkway, and the lease agreement provides Safe Harbor two additional 10-year extensions before renegotiations would be required. Board members will now begin phase two, the…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:54

Safe Harbor Gets Help

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to help streamline all incidents of sexual abuse, physical abuse and severe neglect involving child-victims is one step closer to having its first physical location to begin offering services to children of the 4th Judicial District, including the counties of Sevier, Grainger, Jefferson and Cocke. During their regular scheduled meeting on February 20, the Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a lease agreement, previously approved and signed by Safe Harbor’s president, Barry Fain, on behalf of the board of directors. The agreement provides Safe Harbor with a twenty-five year agreement…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:53

Safe Harbor

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
[Picture not available] EVP Mike Brown of Mountain National Bank donates a computer to Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Inc. and President, Donna Koester. Safe Harbor is dedicated to serving children who are victims of severe neglect, physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention.

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:52

Lease for children’s ‘Safe Harbor’ approved

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
Sevierville city officials voted to approve a lease agreement with Safe Harbor for the establishment of the district’s first Child Advocacy Center. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved the lease agreement at their meeting Monday night, which allows the non-profit corporation to build its center on city-owned land on McMahan Avenue. A child advocacy center would allow abused children to get into counseling quickly and comfortably in a child-friendly atmosphere, according to the Safe Harbor Executive Director, Donna J. Koester. Medical examinations could be performed at the center as well as extensive interviews, she said. “Safe Harbor serves…

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SEVIERVILLE - The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will review a lease agreement Monday to provide city-owned land for the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.   The advocacy center's board of directors has already reviewed the agreement, which would give the organization a 25-year lease for property the city owns adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club on McMahan Avenue   "We're really excited about it," Fain said. The center would bring together different agencies that serve abused or neglected children, including the district attorney general's office, law enforcement, juvenile judges and Department of Children's Services. Fain said they are…

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