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Eat the Street set to satisfy taste buds, raise money for recovery court

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Come hungry Friday evening as the eighth annual Eat the Street will take over Franklin’s Bicentennial Park with food trucks galore lining Third Avenue from 5 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the 21st District Recovery Court by helping the nonprofit to continue to provide program participants with the services, treatment and supervision they need to successfully manage their recovery.

“The dollars that we raise at this event are going to help people in Williamson County,” said Jeff Moseley, 21st District Recovery Court board president and 2019 Eat the Street event chairman. “In the 21st Judicial District, trying to break that cycle of addiction and incarceration is our purpose.”

Sweet and savory noshing

Many aspects of the annual event that attendees have come to know and love will stay the same. However, attendees’ taste buds might be exposed to some new fare, as five new trucks will be added to the event this year.

“Everything from ice cream to lobster rolls to grilled-cheese sandwiches, just about anything you could want will be available,” Moseley said. “You name it, we’re going to have it.”

The family-friendly event is also pet-friendly. Moseley encouraged attendees to bring lawn chairs or blankets, for comfort as they savor their food with music provided by Franklin’s DJ Train.

About 21st District Recovery Court

The 21st District Recovery Court is one of the alternative sentencing options available for nonviolent offenders. The nonprofit treatment program lasts two years and provides counseling to help overcome addiction. 

During an opioid community panel discussion in January, Moseley shared shocking statistics related to opioid addiction. Between 2013 and 2017, 650,000 opioid prescriptions were filled in Williamson County, Moseley said, while 78 percent of overdose fatalities in the county were caused by opioids.

The county has seen increased costs due to the expense of allowing law enforcement to carry Narcan as well as an increased incarceration cost to the county and state, Moseley explained. 

“We need alternative sentencing. People get into the court system because of addictions,” Moseley said. “One of the things about opioids is that the recidivism rate is the steepest return of any drug.”

Participants are required to have a job and pay for their participation. Moseley explained that the program costs approximately $8,000 per year while incarceration costs $31,000 per year.

“If we can keep them out of the system, we save money, and we also turn lives around. We also help families,” Moseley said. 

Since its first graduating class in 2004, more than 200 participants have graduated from the two-year program, demonstrating their commitment to be free from addiction and live healthful lifestyles. 

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