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Dekalb Introducing Baby Court For Families At Risk

Dekalb County has introduced a new Safe Baby Court program designed to provide resources to children and families affected by abuse and neglect. General Sessions Court Judge Brandon Cox said the county received a $100,000 grant from the state based on the county’s need for the program. He said families with a child 36 months or younger in the home ... Read More »

Avalon Center Starting Garden To Grow New Beginnings

The Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program is looking for donations to help provide its clients with a garden. Sexual Assault Advocate Stage Ward said victims at the shelter will be able to plant fruits and vegetables to harvest for meal preparation. She said when someone is traumatized by abuse, they lose something. This garden will provide victims ... Read More »

Warren’s New Program Helps Kids & Fathers Overcome Violence

Warren County’s new Caring Dads Program wants to teach fathers accused of domestic violence how to put a child’s needs first. Warren County General Sessions Judge Ryan Moore said the program is designed to act as alternative sentencing for fathers accused. He said Community Probation Services General Manager Michael Wright facilitated the start of the program in Warren County. Wright ... Read More »

All 14 UC Counties Above State Average In Abuse & Neglect

A report from the Department of Child Services revealed that all 14 Upper Cumberland counties rank higher than the state average in abuse and neglect in the household. Kristi Paling is Upper Cumberland Coordinator for The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Paling said these numbers have been trending upward. She said many of the removals and custody cases across ... Read More »

Genesis House Seeking Assistance With Donations

Genesis House is seeking assistance for several items. The organization serves 9 counties in the Upper Cumberland and assists those who are victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Program Manager Denise Dillon said that the items donated by the community play make a huge difference in the lives of their clients. “We’re grant-funded, so our money is already allocated ... Read More »

Child Abuse Chances Rise During Pandemic

A Cookeville man faces charges after allegedly assaulting a woman Wednesday and preventing her from calling for help (File Photo)

Governor Bill Lee said Wednesday he remains concerned about growing numbers of unreported child abuse cases across the state because of COVID-19. Dawn Raines, Executive Director of the Stephens Center in Livingston, said the added stress from the pandemic can lead to increased abuse. “There’s so many additional stressors right now,” Raines said. “For one, you have children that are ... Read More »