(WBIR - Knoxville) Recent violence around East Tennessee prompted a number of public officials to host a forum this weekend to discuss ways to put a stop it.
Saturday's forum at the Overcoming Believers Church featured law enforcement officials, church members and former Mayor Daniel Brown opening up to the community about recent violence.
While attendants said this sort of conversation is a good start in trying to end violence, they admit fixing the problem will be slow and difficult.
"This is not a row boat we're trying to turn, this is a cruise ship. And it's going to take some time, it's not going to stop in six weeks. This forum isn't going to stop anything in the next 6 weeks, or six months, or even a year. But it gives us the opportunity to do something to start transition from death to life," Daryl Arnold, Pastor for Overcoming Believers Church said.
Arnold, along with former Mayor Daniel Brown, and members of law enforcement said they hope to start a program to help curb the rising violence in Knoxville.