MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Court system has been working on different ways to fight the drug issues facing the community.
Thursday, during the third in the series, “Town Hall: Drugs and Our Community,” more than 120 members of the community at Twin Oak Elementary School were educated on how those offices deal with those problems. And they heard two stories of success.
“I had my ‘aha’ moment when my son walked through the (jail) door. It was at that time, I had to make a decision. I know now I couldn’t live that way or didn’t need to put a needle in my arm.”Anthony Serio
Brothers Anthony and John Serio Jr. , who have battled drug addiction and the issues that surround it, shared their stories to the large crowd. After battling addiction for most of his life, Anthony has been sober for the last nine months, while his brother, John, is in the third phase of the MERIT court, which was started about a year ago by Knox County Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher.