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Fentress County Prayer Group prays to end drug addiction

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Sunday, hundreds of Fentress County residents gathered at the courthouse in Jamestown to pray for the end of drug addiction in the area.

Sunday, hundreds of Fentress County residents gathered at the courthouse in Jamestown to pray for the end of drug addiction in the area.

Andy Lowe is a youth pastor in Fentress County.

"I've seen the problem hand in hand. I've sat in living rooms where I know there was a problem," said Lowe. "I've seen the devastation."

He joins hundreds of other people from the area in prayer because of his experiences.

"We can't fix this problem, but He can," said Lowe.

Fentress County Sheriff Tony Choate said the drug problem has been out of control for years.

"Every problem we have, 99 percent will go back to a drug problem," said Choate.

"We've had an unusual amount of deaths related to drugs," said Gary Peters who helped organize the event.

They're holding hands and calling on God to end the addictions and save lives.

"We're going to take this community back from the drug dealers. It may take a period of time. God's will it'll happen. He'll work through our hands" said Choate.

The Fentress County Prayer Group said they're following the lead of their neighbors in Scott County.

"It helped their county," said Peters.

"They've seen a significant improvement," said Ray Buck who helped organize the event.

They say Fentress County has had some improvements too. The Sheriff said typically there's at least two suicides a week, but since the group started praying three weeks ago, there hasn't been any suicides.

"It's already working for our county. I can already see it working," said Peters.

They're hoping the group will gain more support.

"This is a great community. We have some problems and I think were going to get them worked out now," said Choate.

"This is going to grow as we cry out to God for help," said Lowe.

This is the Fentress County Prayer Group's third event. They plan to keep praying until the drug addiction in the area stops. They'll continue meeting once a month.

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