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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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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:30

SafeHarbor gets nonprofit status

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
The SafeHarbor Child Advocacy Center, which will serve Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties, has received confirmation from the Internal Revenue Service a nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth organization. “Quite honestly, we were amazed to have received word back from the IRS so quickly. From the day the application packet and filing fees were mailed to the IRS, it took less than 20 days to get an affirmative answer back," said Barry Fain of Jefferson County, a founder and member of SafeHarbor's board of directors. Many applications are returned for candidates to supply additional information or for other reasons. "Since we began…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:19

Summit to be spokesperson for SafeHarbor Featured

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
Pat Head Summitt, University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers head coach and record setter, has signed on with the SafeHarbor Child Advocacy Center as their official spokesperson for the coming year.  SafeHarbor serves child-victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect in Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties in Tennessee’s 4th Judicial District. Barry Fain, a co-founder and member of the board of directors for SafeHarbor, states, “We are very excited about Pat joining our efforts to help the children of the 4th Judicial District.  Pat understands that sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect are significant traumas in a child’s life. …

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:14

Summitt joins SafeHarbor's cause

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
     Area residents have been hard at work laying the groundwork for the SafeHarbor Child Advocacy Center. And this week, their hard work as recognized when Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt has agreed to serve as spokeswoman.      The child advocacy center would assist children who are victims of suspected sexual or physical abuse and severe neglect. It would serve children in Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger counties.      Summitt has volunteered to record public service announcements encouraging support of the center. She will also serve as keynote speaker at a fund-raising event to be held in the spring,…

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  • Original Publication Date September 25, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:13

Conte keeps focus on children

Written by Craig Mintz
Tennessee's First Lady speaks at Gatlinburg event GATLINBURG - Andrea Conte, Tennessee's first lady and a strong advocate of Child Advocacy Centers across the state, said Thursday that she is excited to see a center being started locally and she encourages support of it. Conte, wife of Gov. Phil Bredesen, was in town speaking at the Tennessee Victim Assistance Conference about her Andrea Walks for Tennessee that raised awareness of child sexual abuse and raised money for child advocacy centers. Work is currently underway locally to establish the SafeHarbor Child Advocacy Center for children in Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger…

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The children’s advocacy center that will serve abused children in the 4th Judicial District of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties, is even closer to becoming a reality as it now has a board of directors, a name, a logo and an official charter by the State of Tennessee. The CAC Board of Directors, with Donna Koester as its president, decided on the name Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc., (SHCAC) August 12.  The logo, suggested by Barry Fain, was designed by Dave Barnhart of Creative Touch Graphics in Sevier County.  The logo depicts a lighthouse shining a beam of…

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  • Original Publication Date September 15, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:11

State, local agencies get behind child advocacy center Featured

Written by Joel Davis
SEVIERVILLE - Efforts to establish a child advocacy center received a boost Thursday when representatives from Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger counties joined the state in officially signing on to the project.There have been other failed attempts to establish similar centers in the area, Schmutzer said.      "The difference in this one is Donna Koester," he said, referring to the project's task force chairwoman. "She is a mover and a shaker."      The facility, newly named Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, would assist children who are victims of suspected sexual or physical abuse and severe neglect. It would serve children…

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