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Clayton’s Lesson prayer, balloon release set Nov. 10

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Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

The annual Say No To Drugs balloon release is organized by Smith’s mother, Donna Forstrom.

Forstrom founded Clayton’s Lesson in November 2003 after the death of her 17-year-old son due to a drug overdose.

She is president of Clayton’s Lesson and a board member of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

Kevin Rhea of Knoxville will lead the group in prayer before the balloons are released.

Visit www.claytonslesson.org for more information.