Franklin High School Class of 1997 Reunion Committee members Amy Anders and Cara Ward presented Sheriff Robert Holland and Lt. Steve Stewart with a check for $1,300 on behalf of the 1997 FHS Class. Approximately 100 classmates were involved in the recent 20th anniversary class reunion and raised funds to help combat addiction in Franklin and Macon County.

During the presentation of the check, the class representatives heard about the Sheriff’s Prime for Life/Second Chance program and heard from various organizations about all the various programs being offered in the jail such as sessions hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). All of the programs are for inmates facing drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health issues.

“While we are prepared to hold people accountable for their actions we are also prepared to show compassion and offer help when an individual is prepared to face their addiction and make significant changes in their lives,” said Sheriff Robert Holland.

To date the Macon County Sheriff’s Office has graduated four classes of inmates from the Prime for Life/Second Chance program. Inmates participate on a volunteer basis.

“The most recent class was the first all female class to graduate and during their graduation 100 percent of those attending agreed that if not for their incarceration they would have never reached out for help,” said Sheriff Holland.  “It’s because of our community and the support of what we do that makes it possible for us to do things like this. We are so appreciative to the Class of 1997 for their monetary donation supporting this program. One hundred percent of the funds donated will be used to purchase books and supplies for the program. It also will be used to purchase food, snacks and drinks during the program.”

Addiction likely touches many of us in some form or fashion. Unlike so many that have lost their lives in this struggle in the Franklin community, these inmates – your children, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews – are the lucky ones, they survived to live another day.