Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 24, 2006

VORP could be your best answer to resolving a conflict

Got a beef against your neighbor . . . or his dog? Has your car been abducted by a joyriding teen? Have you been the victim of a small-time theft?

These and many other misdemeanor situations, such as assault, harassment, vandalism, animal disputes, some contract disputes and shoplifting, may benefit by using the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) rather than pursuing a full-blown court case.

Crossville and Cumberland County are fortunate to be one of 10 locations in the state where VORP is available to its citizens. Located on Hwy. 70 E in Crossville, Executive Director Rita Young states the Crossville VORP handles one third of all VORP cases in the state, which works out to be approximately 200-250 cases per year.

"It's the larger number of volunteers we have," said Young, "that enables us to handle that many cases. We've been a model for other programs in the state, and we're always in need of more volunteers." Crossville's VORP was also the second one developed in the state. Oak Ridge was the first and deals strictly with juvenile matters.

VORP works under a contract with the Tennessee State Supreme Court. That court also provides a grant to the program each year to help with operating costs. In addition, the program receives funding from the United Fund of Cumberland County, the city of Crossville, the Lawyer's Trust Account, churches and individuals.

Structurally, VORP is governed by a 10-member board of directors consisting of Leonard Stark, president and founder; Ken Steadman, vice president; Shirley Duer, secretary; Karen Cole, treasurer; Bernard Conklin; Dennis Leigh; Bill Naumann; Jerry Pick; Don Reis; and Jon Goodwin. Stark founded the program in Crossville in 1989, and Ken Steadman has been right by his side most of the time. "When I moved here, I was looking for something to get involved in when I heard about this," said Steadman.

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