Support Building for Blount Youth Court

Members of the Leadership Blount Class of 2013 are creating a youth court program in the county as their class service project. Under the youth court model, nonviolent, first-time offenders who admit guilt are able to avoid court costs and keep offenses off their records by submitting to peer sentencing. Class members, including Knoxville attorney Lynn Peterson with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, who is spearheading the project, hope it will be up and running by the start of the next school year. Blount County Juvenile Judge Terry Denton has signed off on the program and an editorial in the Daily Times calls on county residents to “jump at this opportunity” to “steer wayward young people back on path before compiling a record of misbehavior that follows them into adulthood.”