4,000+ pray, march against drugs in Union Co.

6:13 AM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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More than 4,000 people participated in a prayer march Sunday afternoon in an effort to erase drug addiction from Union County.

The three-mile long march took place along Maynardville Pike and other nearby streets.  Organizers got the idea for the march from Clay County, Kentucky.  That county had a drug problem, but according to resident Steve Collett, they used prayer to deal with it.

He said Union County wanted to try the same thing.

"Tennessee was hungry for God, hungry for unity," Collett said.

Methamphetamine use has increased steadily in Appalachia.  People like Matthew Cantrell know that firsthand.  He severely injured his leg in a car wreck when a driver, with 9 narcotics in his system, hit him head on.

"There's no one here [in Union County] who hasn't been touched by drugs," Cantrell said.

Organizers say more people showed up than they were expecting.  That said, they were happy with the turnout.  According to Pastor Ken Luton of Millers Chapel United Methodist Church, a representative of every congregation in the county showed up for the event.

"When you band together, it's an incredible power," Luton said.

Following the march, participant then went to Wilson Park for more prayer. 

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