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Free horse show draws attention to social causes

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By The Staff

STAFF REPORTS
People love horses.
With that in mind, multiple groups and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about different outreach services offered in the county.
The free event is being called the Tennessee All-Breed Charity Horse Show and Roane County Community Awareness Fair.
It will take place this  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Center at Roane State Community College.
The horse show also will serve as a fundraiser for Lifeline scholarships and ElderWatch.
Charlene Hipsher, who works in the victim/witness division at the District Attorney General’s Office, said Lifeline is a medical alert service.
She said the scholarships will help under-privileged elderly and disabled people living in Roane County afford the service.
Hipsher said ElderWatch is a group that looks out for the well-being of senior citizens in the community.
In addition to ElderWatch, numerous other groups, such as drug awareness, financial management, child advocacy and church missions, are available to people living in the community.
Different groups and agencies that offer those services will have booths set up at the horse show.    
“While the horse show is going on in the arena, I want to focus on building and engaging a network in our community,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a letter about the event. “A network that consists of health awareness, law enforcement agencies, non-profit agencies, social services, as well as the faith based world. I believe that this community awareness fair/event will provide the kind of networking that our agencies and citizens not only need but deserve.”
Since taking office in 2006, Johnson said he’s learned that a lot of citizens are not aware of the outreach services offered in the community. Saturday’s event could help serve to change that.
“My office has developed objectives that help me uncover how a group or agency can benefit not only our criminal justice system, but also the needs of the citizens in our community,” Johnson wrote. “I want to make sure that there is no duplication of efforts and I want to ensure that the agencies that are in place are continuing to grow stronger.”