Positively Tennessee: A new take on fighting addiction

Positively Tennessee: A new take on fighting addiction


PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS….. WORKING, NETWORKING, USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS LIKE THIS THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING COURSE.. TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE — HELPING ALL AGE GROUPS BUT FOCUSING ON KIDS. BEHIND IT ALL IS THE ROANE COUNTY ANTI DRUG COALITION… SEE SOME OF ITS GOOD WORKS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP ….IN THIS WEEK’S POSITIVELY TENNESSEE. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE FEEL OF DIRT BENEATH YOUR FEET…A HORSE AT YOUR SIDE… UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF AN ARENA FIT FOR THE FINEST RODEO. IN THIS CASE…IT’S THE EXPO CENTER AT ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE… PART OF ROANE COUNTY ANTI DRUG COALITION’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NON PROFIT GROUP “LIFE REINS”..OFFERING HORSEMANSHIP LESSONS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE THE NON PROFIT GROUP “LIFE REINS”..OFFERING HORSEMANSHIP LESSONS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM…TEENS LIKE LAURA. WE CAN’T SHOW HER FACE. BUT SHE WAS WILLING TO SHARE HER STORY. SOT: LAURA 26:04 “BASICALLY WHAT MY STORY IS..MY PARENTS DIVORCED SEPTEMBER 2018, WE MOVED OUT, I HIT A REALLY ROUGH PATCH , I DIDN’T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL AT ALL, I WOULDN’T COME H OME BECAUSE MY MOM AND I WERE FIGHTING ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I FELT LIKE IT WAS HER FAULT” SOT: JANICIA WEST/LIFE REINS INSTRUCTOR 9:10 WORKING WITH THE HORSES, YOU HAVE TO KINDA GET IN TOUCH WITH THINGS DEEP WITHIN THAT MIGHT BE GETTING IN THE WAY OF , SAY , THINGS YOU’RE EXPEREINCING IN YOUR LIFE.AND SO THROUGH WORKING WITH HORSES, WHAT YOU GET IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN THOSE COMMUNICATION SKILLS THAT KINDA BUMP UP AGAINST YOUR OWN INNER TROUBLES AS YOU PARTNER WITH THIS HORSE AND GET THIS HORSE TO DO THINGS YOU WANT IT TO DO.” IT’S ALL PART OF THE COALITION’S EFFORT..TO GET THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN HELPING TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. BEHIND THESE NEW PARTNERSHIPS IS THIS ENERGETIC TEAM..NATHAN WRAY AND ASHLEY FREEBERG- BOTH ARE PREVENTION COORDINATORS WITH ROANE COUNTY’S ANTI- DRUG COALITION. THEY NOT ONLY SET UP PROGRAMS LIKE THE THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING CLASSES.. THEY ARE THERE. YOU’LL ALSO FIND THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA GOING LIVE FOR THE CAUSE… NATS SOT: 16:37 NATHAN WRAY ASHLEY FREEBERG 16:45 WE’RE NOT JUST HANGING OUT WITH KIDS – WE’RE DOING SOMETHING THAT’S EFFECTIVE WITH THEM AND TEACHING THEM DIFFERENT STRATEGIES TO USE AND I THINK WE USE IT REALLY WELL.. AND WE SHOW THE COMMUNITY HOW WE CAN PARTNER WITH THEM -WE CAN PARTNER WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY WHETHER IT’S FAITH -BASED, CERTAIN BUSINESSES OR LIKE ROANE STATE .” PROBATION OFFICER DENARD BERTRAM SAYS IT TAKES PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER..TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HELPING A CHILD. SOT: DENARD BERTRAM/YOUTH SERVICE OFFICER 14:02 “THE ONE THING PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JUVENILES IS – WE ALWAYS SAY IT’S NOT A PUNITIVE COURT IT’S A REHABILITATIVE COURT SO ANYTIME SOMEONE FROM THE COMMUNITY CAN GIVE THEIR TIME AND ATTENTION TO OUR CHILDREN THAT’S MAINLY WHAT THEY NEED.” FOR LAURA…IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. SOT: LAURA 26:29 “I FEEL LIKE I AM DOING BETTER.” IF YOU’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO VOLUNTEER IN PROGRAMS THE ROANE COUNTY ANTI-DRUG COALITION SUPPORTS…JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE, WATE.COM …BE SURE TO CHECK THE “AS SEEN ON ” SECTION. KRISTIN LET’S CHECK INTO SPORTS. LORI: MARC WHITEMAN HERE WITH US…

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