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ATV ride to raise money for domestic violence program

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By Beth Braden

A cruise through the mountains will help raise money for domestic violence victims at Community Health of East Tennessee. It’s the first fundraiser of its kind for CHET.

“We of course have done many other fundraisers, but never this one,” said Rebecca Herrell, chief operating officer of the domestic violence program.

On April 27, ATV and four-wheeler riders can begin registering for the event at LaFollette City Hall at 8:30 that morning. There is a cost of $25 per vehicle.

“That includes a t-shirt and a lunch,” Herrell said.

Each vehicle must also have a T.W.R.A. wildlife management area riding permit or a valid hunting license.

The ride will leave city hall at 10 a.m. and be escorted by police to Iveydell Road. From there, the fun will begin.

The group will proceed to Walnut Mountain Road, go around the “Top of the World” and ride through Jenning’s Creek to the 141 exit. While there, riders will stop for a break and return to LaFollette via Ollis Creek Road and by passing the Old City dams. Police will then escort riders back to the LaFollette City Hall. 

Participants will be treated to a cookout at Seargeants Park.

The money raised for the domestic violence program will provide funding to assist with its work in maintaining a shelter, transitional housing, court advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line and other support services.

Last year, the program served 122 residential clients.

“It’s supporting a good cause and we’re the only shelter in Campbell County, Herrell said.