If you drive about 400 miles east of Memphis, you will arrive in Athens, Tennessee. The town of about 13,000 residents was recently the site of a law enforcement raid on a home that authorities believed was used to make illegal drug sales.
If you drive northeast of Memphis for about six hours, you will come to Clay County. Though there are only approximately 8,000 residents in the small county, it has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of opioids dispensed per capita than anywhere else in Tennessee.
The news has gone from bad to worse for an educator who lives about 400 miles northeast of Memphis in Clarksville. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the director of schools for Stewart County was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Though Tennessee's known for its conservative approach to law enforcement, some people want our state to get even tougher. House Bill 0167 is another effort to make it easier for prosecutors to try to impose harsh penalties on those accused of DUI.
When you're financially comfortable making child support payments, it's easy to look at your situation and realize that you're doing something that benefits the lives of your children.