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Kids, parents upset over Fentress Co. Boys & Girls Club closure

11:32 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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At the Fentress County Boys and Girls Club Christmas party Tuesday night, the mood was not merry, but melancholy.

"I was in tears," said Sherry Conaster, the mother of a son who attends the organization. "Because I know how much that means to (my son) and to other parents because when you don't have to worry about, 'hey, where are my kids going to go?'"

The club is slated to close by the end of 2012, after they recently lost their 501(c)3 affiliation.

Tuesday party is the last scheduled event for the organization, for now.

The Boys and Girls Club provides tutoring, supervision, even a warm meal for the 33 kids who regularly attend.

"The need is really, really great because it keeps the kids off the street," said Bob Trumbo, a volunteer with the organization, "We teach them values."

For now, unless last second funding comes through or a new group takes over, the future of the organization in the Fentress County area is bleak.

"I don't know, just makes me sad to think about that," Conaster's son, David said.

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