The greatest challenge people can face is themselves. Two people, Tammy Garner and Daniel Hamby, have accepted and conquered that challenge. These two individuals under the voluntary instruction of Betty McCarty and Peggy Tiner have been learning to read.
PSI and General Sessions Judge Don Layton have partnered to provide an opportunity to instruct basic reading skills to probationers.
“The ability to read is essential to acquiring a better job and quality of life,” Layton said. “It is our hope that courageous example of Tammy and Daniel will cause others to seek the ability to read, notwithstanding their age or life conditions.”
The ultimate goal of this program is to assist those who want to obtain a GED (General Equivalent Diploma). PSI has volunteered to pay all GED testing costs for any probationer who graduates from this program. PSI Director Chad McNabb hopes this program may lead to other life skill programs.
The program has received generous donations from the community. Vickie Violet, superintendent of Clinton City Schools, donated reading and math textbooks and workbooks. David and Cheryl Goforth donated used library books for the participants to use for pleasure reading and vocabulary development.
We would like to have the public’s help in obtaining additional library books for practice and employment. For more information, you may contact Chad McNabb at PSI, 1710 Oak Ridge Highway, across from Gibbs Ferry Park. The phone number is (865) 463-7885.