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Share to Care: National Foster Care Awareness Day

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – Sometimes, it’s not that you don’t care, but you are not sure how to use your concern to help.

And with Clarksville Community Partners, comprised of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Omni Vision, Leap Organization, Youth Villages, Health Connect America, Oak Plains, Foster Care Association, Regional Intervention Program, Camelot, Cumberland Hall, Autism Awareness Association, Mental Health Co-op, and Oak Plains Academy, over 100 concerned citizens came out to the recent National Foster Care Awareness event to learn how to care for Montgomery County’s 250 children in need of foster families.

National Foster Care Awareness event

National Foster Care Awareness event

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigates Shooting Death in Cumberland Furnace

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 3:51pm, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office respond to a 911 call at 3630 Houston Road in Cumberland Furnace regarding a shooting.

Benjamin Luck, 33, called 911 stating he had shot his wife.

Upon arrival, deputies located a shooting victim, Daria Paulina Luck, 35, in the home. Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

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Community Rallies Together to Bring Awareness to Foster Care at Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day

 

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family DayClarksville, TN – The sixth annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day celebration was recently held at the LEAP plaza. Despite inclement weather about 450 members of the Clarksville Community gathered together to learn about foster care and learning what it takes to become a foster parent.

Hosted by the Department of Children Services, Centerstone, Health Connect, Clarksville Family Therapy, OmiVisions, Youth Villages, Mental Health Cooperative, and the LEAP Organization, the goal of this event was to create greater awareness of children in need who remain in state custody and want to become members of foster families.

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day

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TBI reports Benton County Man Arrested for Abuse, Death of Infant

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationJackson, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yielded warrants that led to the arrest today of a 25-year old Benton County man, charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse of a seven-month-old child.

On August 22nd, 2014, at the request of 24th District Attorney Hansel McAdams, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children’s Services, investigated the death of Joseph Hilliard.

Westlee Waylon Yates from Benton County was arrested Monday, August 25th for murder and abuse of a seven month old child.

Westlee Waylon Yates from Benton County was arrested Monday, August 25th for murder and abuse of a seven month old child.

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Clarksville’s L.E.A.P. Organization Plans Youth Excursion to New York City

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – L.E.A.P. organization is planning their next youth excursion to see the bright lights and big city of New York. The purpose of this trip is to provide entertainment combined with education and exposure to places and events for participating L.E.A.P. youth.

It will be a whirlwind trip scheduled from July 8th, 2015 to July 12th, 2015.

L.E.A.P, which stands for Leadership, Enlightenment, Academic Achievement, and Perseverance, also teaches its members about Outreach, Responsibility, and Growth.

Ground Zero will be one of the locations that the LEAP youth will visit on their trip. (Lois Jones)

Ground Zero will be one of the locations that the LEAP youth will visit on their trip. (Lois Jones)

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Junior Auxiliary of Clarksville is looking for new provisional members

 

Junior Auxiliary of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Are you looking to get involved in the community while making new friends and connections? Junior Auxiliary of Clarksville is looking for women for the upcoming 2014-15 Provisional Class.

To be eligible for membership in JA of Clarksville, women must be at least 21-years-old and with a residency in Montgomery County for 9 months or longer. Women interested in membership should contact Junior Auxiliary at JAofclarksville@gmail.com with their full name, age, mailing address, and phone number, no later than July 31st. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor, Commissioners announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.

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Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

 

Foster Care Awareness Family DayClarksville, TN – May 17th marked the 5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration. Over 450 members of the Clarksville Community gathered together to learn about becoming a foster parent at the LEAP Plaza.

Of those that attended there were a total of 9 that signed up to become foster parents.

5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

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Joe Pitts Appointed to Three Branches Institute by Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

 

Executive, Legislative & Judicial Branches to collaborate on state policy

Tennessee Department of Childrens ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry has asked State Representative Joe Pitts to be one of three legislators to serve on the Middle Tennessee Regional Three Branches Institute.

The Institute is a new initiative the Department of Children’s Services is launching throughout the state of Tennessee. Through a partnership with the Casey Family Programs and First Lady Crissy Haslam’s office, the initiative will provide Rep Pitts an opportunity to offer input into solutions to constituent concerns and develop meaningful solutions.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Highway Patrol accepting Applications for Youth and Junior Trooper Academy

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced today it will hold its first-ever youth and junior trooper academies for the public this summer in Nashville.

The agency’s youth academy is for students in grades 9-12 and is an overnight camp that will be held from June 23rd-27th. The junior trooper school is a day camp for middle school students in grades 6-8 and will take place July 15th-18th. «Read the rest of this article»

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