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Schools to get visit from Miss Tennessee and a Harlem Globetrotter this week

John Thompson • Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 9:35 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Students in the region will be getting some strong reinforcement to the message of abstaining from substance abuse and maintaining good health.

That message will be delivered by the reigning Miss Tennessee Caty Davis and former Harlem Globetrotter John "Jet" Williams.

The pair will be working with Carter County Drug Prevention to spread its message of the "Starters Never Start" campaign

"This campaign works to encourage students to not use drugs, tobacco or alcohol so they can be at their best on and off the field," Jilian Reece, director of the Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition, said.

Davis said her platform as Miss Tennessee was to attack addiction through prevention, recovery and restoring families.

In her biography, Davis said her father was addicted to alcohol and opioid drugs. She said her mother showed bravery by divorcing her father and removing her and her younger sister from a potentially dangerous situation.Shesaid her father committed suicide three years ago.

Davis is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and plans to attend Vanderbilt University to obtain a doctorate in psychology.

Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and became a renowned dunker, finishing second in the slam dunk contest during a Final Four weekend. He is also renowned for smashing a glass backboard when he dunked as a Globetrotter during a game in Ecuador.

Reece said Williams committed to working with young people and teaching them about good health.

Davis will be make four visits on Thursday. Her schedule is:

• 8 a.m.: Cloudland Elementary School in Roan Mountain, where she will speak with students in grades 3-6.

• 11:15 a.m.: West Side Elementary School, where she will visit with fourth-graders.

• 12:30 p.m.: She will visit with the Elizabethton Alliance Church Homeschool group in grades 9-12.

• 1:30 p.m.: Davis will return to West Side, where she will visit with Kim Pless' first-grade class.

Davis and Williams will be together on Friday. Their schedule is:

• 9:15 a.m.: Harold McCormick Elementary School, where they will visit with the fifth grade.

• 10:45 a.m.: T.A. Dugger Junior High School where they will speak with grades 6-7.

• 12:45 p.m.: They will visit with the TEACH Homeschool Group at North Johnson City Baptist Church, where they will speak with the Beta and Jr. Beta Clubs.

Williams will make an appearance at the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County at 3:30 p.m.

Williams will also return to Elizabethton on Oct. 26 for a community event sponsored by Carter County Drug Prevention with help from the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department. The event is free and open to the public, but Williams will also be talking about his mission projects.

An ice cream bar is available at $3, with proceeds going to Williams' program to provide clean drinking water for children.

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