J. H. Osborne • Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Family Justice Center to serve domestic violence and abuse victims in Sullivan County is “under roof” and way ahead of schedule, thanks to the generosity of multiple individuals and businesses, Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said last week.

A big hurdle was crossed when businessman Jim Street made available a facility at 313 Foothills Drive, Staubus and Karen Turnage Boyd, site director for the center, said. The two were joined by other local officials, including Bluff City Mayor Irene Wells, Assistant District Attorney Kaylin Render, and Abuse Alternatives Executive Director Donna Mix, to look at progress on the facility’s renovation. A group of volunteers from Celebration Church has been working on the project.

Boyd said at the current rate of progress it is feasible the center could open by spring of 2018.

“Under the grant, we will open by next July,” Boyd said. “I am hoping we will be able to open next spring. We still have to do our program planning and get our operations manuals together.”

Continued at the timesnews.net

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