Local Man Celebrates Being Clean

  A Lawrenceville man is celebrating being clean Chris Hannel is a recovering drug addict who sought help through and graduated from the Lawrence County Drug Court. Hannel entered the program voluntarily.  Hannel will celebrate two years of sobriety in December. He is currently employed with KCARC in Knox County. A ceremony celebrating his graduation from the drug court was held in Lawrence County Circuit Court this week. The Lawrence County Drug Court was formed four years ago in an effort to reduce the number of repeat offenders. Once a participant is accepted into drug court they meet with a probation officer at least 3-times a week and a drug counselor while participating in drug therapy. The drug court is assisted in their efforts by the UR Choice program, a not for profit organization formed by local citizens who provide funding to assist the court including finding jobs for offenders in the community.