Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

October 23, 2009

VORP celebrates 20 years of service to community

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Judge Larry M. Warner offered these words in honor of the 20-year celebration: “I wish to extend my gratitude for your service and dedication to Cumberland County. I truly appreciate the efforts that each of you gives so freely of yourself. You are making a tremendous difference in my court and this community.”

VORP operates with two full-time and one part time paid staff and over 30 volunteer mediators and board members. Currently there are 13 VORP offices in the state of Tennessee in cities like Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga. The Cumberland County VORP office handles 74 percent of all the court referrals in the state thanks to the belief in the mediation system by Judge Larry M. Warner.

VORP/Mediation Center receives funding from several sources: United Fund, Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Bar Foundation, city of Crossville, local churches, various grants and caring individuals. Cumberland County provides office space with the building at 584 Highway 70 East.

Referred cases include neighbor disputes, vandalism, shoplifting, bad checks, animal related and assault cases. Please call Executive Director Rita Young at 484-0972 to learn more about the VORP organization. New mediators are always needed and free training is provided.

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