In the last year, about a half a dozen counties in East Tennessee have taken an unconventional method to combat drugs and other things plaguing their communities.
Fentress County is one of those places, which turned to their faith to hope to make a difference in their area.
The county is now taking it a step further by holding a week long prayer event.
"Pray for the county, for the community, for those that have been afflicted by drugs or victims of them," said event organizer Ray Buck.
Starting the day after Christmas, the Fentress County Prayer Group will go to six schools in the county to hold public prayer. The schools are empty as students are on break.
The event is garnering support from the local school board.
"We really think this is a great thing. This is a struggling community, a faith-based community and I see a lot of good things coming form this," said Fentress County Director of Schools Mike Jones.
It's also got support from local law enforcement. Since the October 23rd gathering, Sheriff Tony Choate said faith has helped combat the problem.
"We're getting more calls... people are responding through our drug hotline more effectively," the sheriff said.
Those who wish to participate in the event, view the schedule below.
Schedule for Fentress County prayer:
December 26th Clarkrange High School
December 27th South Fentress Elementary
December 28th Allardt Elementary
December 29th York Elementary
December 30th Pine Haven Elementary
December 31st York High School
January 1st County wide prayer at 2:00 p.m.
Fentress County Court House