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Resident James Mize.

Resident James Mize.

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  • Longtime director of the E.M. Jellinek Center, the late Frank Kolinsky.
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  • Counselor Carl Richardson, Greg Kinard, and Eddie Fritz, with Jellinek’s assistant director, Sandy Kolinsky (standing).
  • Carl Richardson walked into Jellinek a few years ago as a convicted felon with an ankle monitor. Now he's a counselor there.
  • David Berry was once “the high-school alcoholic” who got hooked on pain pills after a succession of knee surgeries in his 20s—now he’s a Jellinek Center facilitator.
  • Chris Bayless
  • Resident James Mize.
  • Executive Director Johnny Lewis came to Jellinek in 1982 as a scared teen from Cocke County. He never left, eventually becoming Frank Kolinsky’s right-hand man at the center.
  • A group counseling session led by Program Director Rick Walker.
  • Sandy Kolinsky may be the center’s assistant director, but she also puts in a lot of hands-on work.

Knoxville's Jellinek Center has helped set substance abusers straight for over 40 years.

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valerie_mace333 writes:

Wonderful article!!! I especially enjoyed, and was thrilled to see, James Mize looking and doing so well!!! I had the great pleasure of getting to know James during my Centerpoint stay. I continue to wish him well and hope continued funding can be found to support this very important and vital place in the recovering community. Bless those who care and work for the betterment of the recovering people in the area!!!

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