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New program to assist elderly, handicapped

By Tamas Mondovics

In a continued effort to lend a helping hand to support the elderly and the handicapped or disabled, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has launched a new program last month. Appropriately called Forget Me Not, the program follows suit with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and its recently introduced initiative “Silver Care.”

“I have decided to launch the new program with only changing its name,” said Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece. Reece explained that Forget Me Not is designed to do a telephone welfare check on the elderly, handicapped or disabled in the county. And for a good reason; something as simple as a phone call to an elderly person could save their life.

“Many do not have anyone to at least call and check on their welfare,” Reece said. “This is what we want to do to provide assistance for those who do not have someone that can or is able to check on these persons every day.”

According to JCSO officials, the agency receives many calls on a weekly basis for welfare checks, prompting Reece and his office to work on implementing the program for some time.

“I am pleased to announce the implementation of the new program, Forget Me Not, on Friday, July 27, 2018. Interested persons can fill out a form with contact information that also includes what time of day that they would like to be contacted. The form asks participants for additional information that will assist with JCSO dispatching as well as an actual welfare check if the person cannot be reached.

“Dispatchers will call them each day to check on them,” Reece said. “If they don’t get any kind of response, then we will send an officer to their home.”

All information sent to the Sheriff’s Office regarding names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. will be kept confidential, officials said. Forms can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Senior Center. Those interested can request a form sent to them by mail or email.  Completed forms can be turned in to the Sheriff’s Office located at 999 Honeysuckle Street or the Johnson County Senior Center in Mountain City TN.  Forms can also be faxed (Fax: 423-460-3041) or emailed to [email protected] at the Sheriff’s Office. For further questions, please call 423-727-7761