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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 15:00

Child Advocacy Center takes first steps

Written by Jani Whaley
“As soon as we can get this center up and running will not be soon enough,” declared District Attorney General Al Schmutzer, when describing his enthusiasm and support for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC).  “Everyone on my staff will work diligently to make this happen; for it is something that the area needs…the children need!” The meeting room was full of fervent supporters of the Child Advocacy Center, Tuesday night.  Representatives from each county of the Fourth Judicial District were on hand to show support and witness the beginnings of this great endeavor.  It was at this meeting that an…

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  • Original Publication Date July 28, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:59

Taskforce names chair

Written by Stan Voit
SEVIERVILLE - The new head of a task force to develop a child advocacy center believes it will be a reality soon and is getting volunteers in place to make it so.  "This is the way it starts," said Donna Koester, of Sevierville, Tuesday after she agreed to chair the child advocacy center task force for the 4th Judicial District. "The word will spread. It starts to mushroom and snowball and before you know it, we will have a child advocacy center in the 4th District."  Koester has been among those pushing for the center for some time. Getting the…

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  • Original Publication Date July 28, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:58

Child Center Support Growing

Written by Stan Voit
A task force as well as specific committees probably will be formed Tuesday night as efforts to create a child advocacy center in the area move ahead. "Grassroots support is growing," Donna Koester of Sevierville, who is spearheading the drive, said. "The citizens of Sevier County have been awesome. They're calling and coming forward and offering their support." The center would assist children who are victims of suspected sexual or physical abuse and severe neglect. It would serve children in the 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger counties. The Tennessee Department of Children's Services got more…

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  • Original Publication Date July 27, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:57

Thanks are expressed to CAC meeting sponsors

Written by Barry Fain
Dear Editor, I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank the gracious sponsors of our recent meeting on July 14th to establish a Children’s Advocacy Center here in Jefferson County and the rest of the 4th Judicial District.  When our volunteers contacted the management of these fine local retailers and explained to them what we were doing, as well as how these centers facilitate the investigations and treatment of sexual and/or severe physical abuse cases of child victims, none of them hesitated to support this endeavor.  The sponsors for this crucial informational meeting on July 14th included: Wal-Mart SuperCenter…

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  • Original Publication Date July 26, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:54

Good group shows support for Child Advocacy Center

Written by Gayle Page
Where does a helpless child go when he or she has been the victim of abuse?  Does it make a difference that last year an estimated 1,560 children under age 18 in Jefferson County were sexually or physically abused, or neglected? Of course it does. This community is being offered the opportunity to tap into the unlimited kindness of citizens in Jefferson County to do something wonderful on behalf of abused, abandoned and neglected children.  In partnership with surrounding counties that make up the 4th Judicial District (Cocke, Grainer, Jefferson and Sevier), a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), with a little…

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  • Original Publication Date July 21, 2005
Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:52

First things first – take care of the children

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
DANDRIDGE - Obviously, the first victim in any child abuse situation, whether sexual or physical abuse, is the child.  That was the central theme of Trudy Hughes’, executive director of the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, presentation at the second informational meeting to develop a children’s advocacy center in the 4th Judicial District.  And, armed with the understanding of whom the primary victim is, representative from various disciplines and parts of the 4th Judicial District, including Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties, turned out to get more information on the creation and implementation of a CAC serving the four (4)…

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  • Original Publication Date July 20, 2005
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