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First Baptist of Morristown helps open First Love on Main Wednesday.

The First Baptist Church of Morristown is offering more than just prayer.  Now, they're offering dental work to those in need.

On Wednesday, the church cut the ribbon to the new "First Love on Main" center on W. Main Street in downtown Morristown.

"We discovered that one of the ministries we don't have in Morristown or the Lakeway Area is adult dental care," said First Baptist senior pastor Dr. Dean Haun.

However, the church had to overcome a big hurdle in order to turn the clinic into a reality.

In May, former church worker Barbara Whitt, 68, was accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from the church. Her son, Michael, is also facing charges in connection with the theft.

Despite the crime, Haun said the congregation has stepped up.

"Our people have been terrific," said Dr. Haun. "They have just given; in fact we just completed the biggest year of giving in our church."

Those that came to the first official day of First Love on Main said the need for free dental care is important.

"There's a very big need," said patient Roylene Martin. "There's so many people that can't afford it and don't have any income or low income."

First Love on Main also offers free tax and job placement services.

Officials said anyone that is interested with the programs must be a Hamblen County resident and meet federal poverty guidelines.

For more information, call 888-586-0522.

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