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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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   Barry Fain, a charter member and president of the board of directors, with Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Inc. of Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District, serving Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties, was live on the air with Ashley Adams and Brad Jeffries in their Knoxville studio high atop Sharps Ridge Memorial Park Drive.

   Barry discussed Safe Harbor’s upcoming “Raisin’ the Roof” gala on June 9th at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge from 6:30pm to 11:30pm with dinner and dancing, along with great silent and live auction items.   Pat Summit is featured as the guest speaker for the evening’s festivities. Barry also gave away two tickets to the evening’s festivities to the fifth caller, Sherri Lee of Dandridge, during the interview.

   Barry also discussed Safe Harbor’s mission and work in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District to serve child-victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect.

 

PIGEON FORGE - There are still seats available for the Raisin' the Roof fund-raising event to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center

 

   The Friday night event features Lady Vols head basketball coach Pat Summitt.

   The fund-raiser will be held from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Music Road Hotel and Convention Center. Tickets are $100 per person and will be available at the door.
   The funds are being raised to build a facility in Sevierville that would provide a home-like atmosphere for children suspected of being abused or neglected.
   "We need all the help we can get," Executive Director Donna Koester said. "We're extremely excited and looking forward to Friday evening. I've spoken to Pat Summitt. She's equally as excited to be involved in an organization and event to help victimized children throughout our district."
   Safe Harbor will serve children in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties.
   The event will also feature a live auction. Some of the items being auctioned include jewelry by Max Richardson, an original poem and drawing by Louisa Walker and a formation flight for four people offered by local T-34 pilots.
   Sponsors for the event include Black Bear Jamboree chef's catering, Burchfiel-Overbay & Associates, Colonial Real Estate, Comfort Inn Apple Valley, Gary Woods Photography, Music Road Hotel & Convention Center, Riverside Towers, Sevier County Bank, Sevier County Bar Association, The Mountain Press and Williams Heating and Air.

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RAISIN' THE ROOF

WHEN: Friday

WHERE: Music Road Hotel & Conference Center

WHY: To raise money for Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center

TICKETS: $100, available at the door

President and Chief Executive Officer David C. Verble and Branch Manager Greta Cole with Citizens National Bank donated all furniture in the Gatlinburg 321 branch, which included 22 chairs, seven credenzas, three desks and two executive chairs, to Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Inc. and its executive director, Donna Koester. Safe Harbor is dedicated to serving children who are victims of severe neglect, and physical and sexual abuse, through prevention, education and intervention. For more information, call Brandi Reagan with CNB at (865) 429-7917.
   The writing team of Dr. William Bass and Jon Jefferson who co-penned the fictional work Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (William Morrow, 2006) under the pseudonym of Jefferson Bass, will hold a book signing event on Thursday to support the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District.

   The event will take place from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the third floor courtroom of the Sevier County Courthouse.

   Funds raised from the event will be used to underwrite operational costs of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization created and designed to aid in cases of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect of child-victims in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District (Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties).

 

Do you know that warm feeling you get when you are a part of something really special, something that you know will help change peoples lives for the better?  You have an opportunity to do just that – be part of something that not only changes people’s lives but changes the lives of child-victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect. 

On June 9th, the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center will be holding a “Raisin’ the Roof” party at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.  And, you are invited to attend for an evening of fun with dinner, dancing and great silent and live auction items. 

Pat Summitt, official spokesperson of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center and head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, will be the guest speaker.  Jay Adams of Mix 105.5 will be the master of ceremonies joining Pat Summitt for the evening.  Festivities begin at 6:30pm and conclude at 11:30pm.  Attire is dressy but not black tie.  Seating is limited.  So, make reservations early by calling (865) 453-2638.  The cost is a $100 per person donation to Safe Harbor, with tables seating eight. 

“Proceeds raised from this event will literally be used to ‘raise the roof’ on Safe Harbor’s first facility to serve child-victims of severe abuse in Tennessee’s 4th Judicial District, comprised of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson & Sevier counties”, notes Barry Fain, president of Safe Harbor’s board of directors.  “We are very grateful for this year’s sponsors”, adds Donna Koester, Safe Harbor’s executive director, “Without their generosity, none of this would be possible.”  Sponsors, to date, for this year’s event include: Leadership Sevier 2005; Citizens National Bank; Burchfiel-Overbay & Associates, Inc.; Colonial Real Estate, Inc.; Comfort Inn Apple Valley; Gary Woods Photography; The Mountain Press; Music Road Hotel & Convention Center; Riverside Towers; Sevier County Bank; Sevier County Bar Association; and Williams Heating & Air.

In one twelve month period, the 4th Judicial District recorded 5,334 total cases of confirmed abuse/neglect.  That total broke down to 1,118 in Cocke County, 567 in Grainger County, 1,561 in Jeffersonand 2,088 in Sevier CountySafe Harbor’s efforts will be designed to assist investigators and prosecutors in building a solid case against perpetrators, while still following up with the family to help coordinate the post-trauma counseling to return the child-victim and non-offending family members to a more optimal level of functioning.

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties by streamlining efforts in cases of serious abuse and neglect of children 0-17 years of age.  To learn more about Safe Harbor, visit their website at www.SafeHarborCAC.com, call their executive director, Donna Koester, at (865) 453-2638 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The writing team of Dr. William Bass and Jon Jefferson who co-penned the fictional work Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (William Morrow, 2006) under the pseudonym of Jefferson Bass, will hold a book signing event on May 25, 2006 to support the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District.  The event will take place from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the third floor courtroom of the Sevier County Courthouse Annex.  “We are very grateful to Dr. Bass and Mr. Jefferson for their support of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center”, states Barry Fain, president of Safe Harbor’s board of directors.

Dr. Bass is an expert in forensic anthropology who founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility in 1980.

Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. He has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and Popular Science.

Dr. Bass and Mr. Jefferson will also be joined by Arthur “Milo” Bohanan, the inspiration for Art Bohanan, a character for Carved in Bone.  If you have not already purchased a copy of either book, Books-A-Million will be present with copies of each for sale for this event with portions of the proceeds to benefit Safe Harbor.  Admission to the event is a $20.00 donation to Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.  Senior citizens and students receive a $5.00 discount.

Funds raised from the event will be used to underwrite operational costs of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created and designed to aid in cases of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect of child-victims in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District (Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties).  Safe Harbor will provide a central point to assist prosecutors, law enforcement and Child Protective Services to coordinate their investigative efforts and will also help provide post-trauma counseling for child-victims and non-offending family members.

To learn more about the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, visit their website at www.SafeHarborCAC.com, call their executive director, Donna Koester, at (865) 453-2638 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Pat Summitt will be guest speaker at "Raisin' the Roof," a June 9 fund-raiser for Safe Harbor, the child advocacy center.
     The party will be at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. It will include dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction.
     Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, is the official spokeswoman of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
     Jay Adams of Mix 105.5 will be the master of ceremonies for the event. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 11:30. Attire is dressy but not black tie. Seating is limited. Make reservations by calling 453-2638. The cost is $100 per person, with tables seating eight available.
     "Proceeds raised from this event will literally be used to raise the roof on Safe Harbor's first facility to serve child-victims of severe abuse," barryFain, board president, said. The facility will serve the 4th Judicial District, comprised of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties
     "We are very grateful for this year's sponsors," said Donna Koester, Safe Harbor's executive director. "Without their generosity, none of this would be possible."
     Sponsors to date include Burchfiel-Overbay & Associates Inc., Colonial Real Estate Inc., Comfort Inn Apple Valley, Gary Woods Photography, The Mountain Press, Music Road Hotel & Convention Center, Riverside Towers, Sevier County Bank, Sevier County Bar Association and Williams Heating & Air.
     In one 12-month period, the 4th Judicial District recorded 5,334 total cases of confirmed abuse/neglect. That includes 1,118 cases in Cocke, 567 in Grainger, 1,561 in Jefferson and 2,088 in Sevier. Safe Harbor's efforts will be designed to assist investigators and prosecutors in building a case against perpetrators, while following up with the family to help coordinate counseling.
     Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit www.SafeHarborCAC.com, call 453-2638 or e-mail to DonnaJKoester @ aol.com.
    Pat Summitt will be guest speaker at "Raisin' the Roof," a June 9 fund-raiser for Safe Harbor, the child advocacy center.

    The party will be at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. It will include dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction.
    Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, is the official spokeswoman of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
    Jay Adams of Mix 105.5 will be the master of ceremonies for the event. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 11:30. Attire is dressy but not black tie. Seating is limited. Make reservations by calling 453-2638. The cost is $100 per person, with tables seating eight available.
    "Proceeds raised from this event will literally be used to raise the roof on Safe Harbor's first facility to serve child-victims of severe abuse," barry Fain, board president, said. The facility will serve the 4th Judicial District, comprised of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties
    "We are very grateful for this year's sponsors," said Donna Koester, Safe Harbor's executive director. "Without their generosity, none of this would be possible."
    Sponsors to date include Burchfiel-Overbay & Associates Inc., Colonial Real Estate Inc., Comfort Inn Apple Valley, Gary Woods Photography, The Mountain Press, Music Road Hotel & Convention Center, Riverside Towers, Sevier County Bank, Sevier County Bar Association and Williams Heating & Air.
    In one 12-month period, the 4th Judicial District recorded 5,334 total cases of confirmed abuse/neglect. That includes 1,118 cases in Cocke, 567 in Grainger, 1,561 in Jefferson and 2,088 in Sevier. Safe Harbor's efforts will be designed to assist investigators and prosecutors in building a case against perpetrators, while following up with the family to help coordinate counseling.
    Safe Harbor ChildAdvocacy Center is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit www.SafeHarborCAC.com, call 453-2638 or e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The writing team of Dr. William Bass and Jon Jefferson who co-penned the fictional work Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (William Morrow, 2006) under the pseudonym of Jefferson Bass, will hold a book signing event on May 25, 2006 to support the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District.  The event will take place from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the third floor courtroom of the Sevier County Courthouse Annex.  “We are very grateful to Dr. Bass and Mr. Jefferson for their support of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center”, states Barry Fain, president of Safe Harbor’s board of directors.

     Dr. Bass is an expert in forensic anthropology who founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility in 1980. His work has aided the law enforcement community in many cases. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, including a nonfiction account of the Body Farm, Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales (Putnam, 2003). Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, who has been named “National Professor of the Year” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  He and the Body Farm have been featured on “60 Minutes II,” “48 Hours,” and many other news programs.

     Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. He has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and Popular Science. He is the co-author of Death’s Acre, and the producer of two successful National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.

     Fans of Dr. Bass and Mr. Jefferson are encouraged to attend this event and support Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center and the child-victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect that the organization serves.  Interested persons may bring their personal copies of the authors’ books to be signed.  If you have not already purchased a copy of either book, Books-A-Million will be present with copies of each for sale for this event with portions of the book proceeds to benefit Safe Harbor.  Admission to the event is a $20.00 donation to Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.  Senior citizens and students receive a $5.00 discount.

     “We hope to see a huge contingent of fans turn out to meet the authors on May 25th, while also supporting a worthy cause for child-victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect”, says Donna Koester, executive director of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

     Funds raised from the event will be used to underwrite operational costs of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created and designed to aid in cases of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect of child-victims in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District (Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties).  Safe Harbor will provide a central point to assist prosecutors, law enforcement and Child Protective Services to coordinate their investigative efforts and will also help provide post-trauma counseling for child-victims and non-offending family members.

     To learn more about the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, visit their website at www.SafeHarborCAC.com, call their executive director, Donna Koester, at (865) 453-2638 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     Hauser, director of Sevier County operations for the non-profit, received the award during an awards luncheon on Thursday.

     "I was totally shocked," she said. "They really did catch me off guard, but what a pleasure to volunteer for such a wonderful organization.
     Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley, the 2005 campaign chairman, looked back on last year's campaign during the luncheon.
     "It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a lot of work."
     Relief efforts for the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused fund-raising difficulties during the campaign.
     "It didn't look good," Atchley said. "All the money was flowing down south, rightfully so, but I've never been one to come in second."
     Atchley praised the citizens of Sevier County for their support of the United Way.
     "The people of this county just give and give," he said. "It's unreal the number of people that step forward when you ask for help."
     Carl Parsons, the 2005 United Way Board of Directors chairman, said the 2005 campaign was a successful one despite the challenges.
     "This is a year of special achievement for United Way," Parsons said. "We didn't know we could get $900,000, but we received $905,085. We had some special challenges during the campaign. During the first month, we had Hurricane Katrina."
     The luncheon turned out quite well, said Roy Marshall, United Way executive director.
     "We anticipated one of the largest turnouts that we've had in recent years," he said "This event is to focus on our 2005 successes and all those who were an integral part of that success."
     Kevin Wilson of the Country Tonite Theater will be the 2006 honorary campaign chairman with
The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center receiving designation as a special community impact project during the upcoming campaign.
     "We're waiting to see what it means, but we're very, very excited," said Donna Koester, Safe Harbor executive director.
     The United Way now provides funding to 28 nonprofit agencies, including scouting, Red Cross and programs for senior citizens. The agencies supported typically serve over half the county's citizens. All donations go directly to these agencies and stay in Sevier County.
     The 2005 United Way Campaign Cabinet consisted of: Chairman Bryan Atchley, Honorary Chairman Charlie Bob Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville Chairmen Earl and Margit Worsham, Leadership Chairman R.B. Summit II and Pacesetter Chairman Billy Carroll.
     The campaign chairs for the three cities in Sevier County were: Geoff Wolpert and Sue Bock, Gatlinburg; Leon Downey and Sue Carr, Pigeon Forge; and Jana Thomasson, Sevierville.
     Campaign volunteers were: Robert Batey, Peggy Byrd, Doris Catlett, Sam Chesser, Kevin Davis, Kelly DeBord, Judy Ann Dial, Martha Garrett, Sharon Hauser, Cheryl Houston, Stan Johnson, Kappy Lapides, Deyoun Majors, Ron Newcomb, Linda Russell, Cindy Satterfield, Pete Smith, Joi Whaley, Olga Wierbicki and Margit Worsham.
     Several corporations were recognized for their giving: Wal-Mart, Platinum Donor ($15,000 plus); Black Bear Jamboree and Dollywood, Gold Donors ($10,000 - $14,999); Stop n' Save, Governor's Palace and Burchfiel-Kile Enterprises, Bronze Donors ($1,000 - $4,999).

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