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Scottsboro to resume recycling program Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:19

The City of Scottsboro’s residential curbside recycling program resumed service beginning Monday, September 9th, with cardboard and plastic products.

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Bridgeport Trail of Tears festival to be held Friday, Sept. 20 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:05

In June of 1838 over 5,000 Cherokee were moved down the Tennessee River on flatboats on what is known at the “Trail of Tears” to the deep water port in Waterloo, Ala. where they embarked a steamboat and moved on out west to their government assigned reservation in Oklahoma.

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UGF members prepare for campaign kick off Thursday, 05 September 2019 20:44

When the Jackson County United Givers Fund celebrates its annual campaign kickoff on September 5th, it will begin its 51st year of fundraising on behalf of Jackson County charities.

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“Jackson County is home to over 52,000 residents. In 2018, 45 child victims received over 200 individual therapy sessions; 48 forensic interviews were conducted; Jackson County DHR received 433 reports concerning the abuse or neglect of children; these reports represent a total of 660 children of various ages; an average of 111 children were in DHR custody.” (Jackson County DHR)

Each one of those numbers is a life affected and in need of healing and protecting. Add in family, guardians and friends closest to this child, and one could easily take those numbers and quadruple them to fully encompass the swath of devastation abuse leaves behind in this county.
Children’s Advocacy Centers could be found in every surrounding county around Jackson. Until now, these children had nowhere to go in Jackson County, and they relied on assistance from DeKalb County, free of charge. In fact, there was a counselor present in almost every school in DeKalb, ready to administer therapy to the children for any type of abuse or bereavement or life struggles such as divorce or sickness, but because of the rising number of incidents, DeKalb can no longer afford to care for abused children from both counties. Free therapy and counseling sessions were available for these children twice a week, but due to the rising number, it was upped to three days a week to meet demand.
In 2016, Judge Don Word, feeling, “there was no reason in the world why the children of Jackson County couldn’t have the same thing,” got the rest of the judges, Judge John H. Graham and Judge Jenifer C. Holt together, along with Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips, Kristie Crabtree Director of DHR and District Attorney Jason Pierce and spearheaded the effort to go to Montgomery and plead their case to receive a grant to fund a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) for Jackson County.
Judge Word stated, “I am really excited to not only have forensic services available for children in Jackson County but also to have counseling and therapy available for any trauma you can imagine for our youngest and most vulnerable people – our children.”
The Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 201 College Avenue was founded, and a board was established: Kerrie Wynn, a Nurse Practitioner for Kids First Pediatrics sits as President of the CAC executive board; Major Eric Woodall, Head Investigator for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office acts as Vice President; Misty Godfrey, Certified Paralegal, Crisis Services Advocate and former Court-Appointed Juvenile Advocate of Madison County acts as Secretary; Tim Haston, President and CEO of Peoples Independent Bank acts as Treasurer; Kristie Crabtree, Director of Jackson County DHR, Executive Board Member at Large.
All the services provided by the CAC are free of charge. The CAC provides forensic interviews, wherein a trained therapist/interviewer will interview the child one-on-one, in a quiet, calm environment while being recorded and surveilled by the District Attorney’s office and law enforcement. This will enable the child to undergo the process of revisiting and re-telling the trauma once, instead of repeatedly to each separate agency.
Jackson County District Attorney Jason Pierce stated, “One of the significant contributions of a CAC from the perspective of a prosecutor is the ability to simultaneously build a strong, prosecutable criminal case that allows us to hold the perpetrator accountable while protecting the young victim. Having an interviewer/examiner who is trained in what to ask and how to effectively do so in these unique and difficult cases is vital. Anyone who cares about children and finds the sexual abuse and assaults upon them repugnant, has a compelling reason to support the center.”
During and after this process, free individual therapy sessions are available and conducted as long as the child and/or family members need it. There are even follow-up and referral services to ensure the therapy and recovery remain an ongoing, successful process. An advocate will also be available to speak for the family, give guidance, assurance, support and compassion. Victims, family members and guardians are given court preparation, also free of charge. The whole while, the therapist, advocate and legal team are available and accessible for the victim during and after the process.
“Approximately 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser; most child abuse victims delay or never disclose child sexual abuse to friends, family or authorities out of fear, guilt and shame; children are most vulnerable to sexual abuse from the ages of 7-13.” (Jackson County DHR)
The CAC will also be reaching out to communities and school systems to educate the youth and expect the number of victims to rise once the process of educating children on what is normal and acceptable behavior, and what is not, is implemented. Children will be taught what to watch out for, where to go, what to do and how to speak up. Parents, guardians, family members and educators will be informed and taught what to look out for.
Soon after the CAC received the grant, they learned it would be a year before they received any of the funds. The grant is also an 80/20 grant, meaning the state provides 80%, and the CAC will have to come up with the other 20% in addition to all expenses that will be reimbursed by the state later. Supposing the budget was $250,000, the CAC will be responsible for raising $50,000 each year.
On Friday, July 12th, the CAC is hosting an Inaugural Benefit Golf Tournament at the Goose Pond Colony Golf Course with all proceeds going to Jackson County’s CAC.
“All proceeds go to Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center to provide free forensic interviews and therapy services to the children in Jackson County who have been sexually abused and/or severely physically abused.” (Jackson County CAC)
The tournament will have free lunch, donated by KC’s BBQ at 11 a.m. At noon the shotgun start will begin the tournament, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes will be awarded along with skill prizes for the longest drive and the longest putt.
There is still time to sign up and donate.
If you’d like to participate or volunteer, they are still looking for $100 hole sponsors (individual or business), donations and door prizes. If you’d like to compete, there have been 28 two-man scramble teams sign up, but they’re hoping to fill that to at least 54 teams. You can sign up by contacting Tim Haston at Peoples Independent Bank (256)259-8844. There are also t-shirts available S-XL/$10 and 2x-3x/$12.
The CAC is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning they are totally non-profit, which also means donations are federally tax-deductible. If you would like more information about the CAC, you can reach them on Facebook under Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center. If you’d like to send a donation, you can mail that to Jackson County CAC, P.O. Box 902, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768.

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