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Both sides of JC methadone clinic issue have say at public hearing

JENNIFER SPROUSE • May 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM

A clear separation of support and opposition for the proposed location of a methadone clinic in Johnson City was felt throughout the Jones Meeting Center at the Johnson City Public Library Tuesday evening. Community members and city officials gathered to listen and offer their opinions at a public hearing held by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.

Mark Farber, the agency’s deputy director, as well as Jim Christoffersen, general counsel, and Melissa Bobbitt, administrative services, were present to conduct the public hearing that was requested after a certificate of need was filed in March by Steve Kester, co-owner of Tri-Cities Holding LLC, a company trying to locate a methadone clinic at 4 Wesley Court.

Kester, who owns two centers in the Asheville, N.C., and Weaverville, N.C. areas, spoke first at the hearing and said the convenience of the facility in East Tennessee — an area that Kester said previously has around 1,000 people seeking opiate-addiction and prescription drug abuse treatment — would eliminate those seeking treatment from driving to either North Carolina or Knoxville.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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