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Tennessee Juvenile Justice Director to speak at community forum


Debrah Stafford, Juvenile Justice Director for the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth will be the special guest speaker at a Community Forum Sponsored by Clarksville-Montgomery County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Montgomery County Public Library.

The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force was put together by a Tennessee executive order to look at the overrepresentation of minority youth in secure confinement and to come up with ways to reduce these numbers as well as reducing the numbers of all juveniles that come into the system as a hold.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County DMC Task Force is one of only 5 task forces that exist throughout the state of Tennessee.

  • Did you know that 3 out of every 5 kids are in the Juvenile Justice system?
  • Why are so many youths getting into trouble?
  • Is Your Child Taking Drugs?
  • Gang Problems?
  • Single Parent Need Help?

This program will explain what services are available to help parents before kids get into the system and much more. «Read the rest of this article»

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Suffering the unknown in silence


Our imaginations perform with clarity when we have an unknown disease or injury, or a sudden ache or pain as we exercise on the treadmill. There’s a pain in the chest — what is it? That thought will trouble us and motivate us to seek medical advice. Anxiety precipitated by an undiagnosed injury or pain will run rampant and frighten us.

Recently I had such an experience with an unknown, unfamiliar chronic pain in my right side. After two weeks of this nagging pain, I went to my doctor. Two referrals and various tests later, Dr. Patel in five minutes not only identified the problem but prescribed a medication that brought immediate relief. Before his treatment, my imagination had conjured up thoughts of a gall bladder attack or kidney stones or even cancer.

It’s one thing to suffer from an unknown ailment; it’s another to suffer in silence. In II Corinthians 8-11, the Apostle Paul is described with an illness which he kept to himself. I recommend that this testimonial and self-revelation be read. «Read the rest of this article»

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