ConcernedForThem

Crossville, TN

#1 Mar 29, 2011
I have read a few of the post on Topix, but never really replied to anything because it really wasn't worth it, but I am just curious, why do you think that slowly but surely this town is being over run by drugs, welfare, theives, criminals, and deadbeat parents? I fear even putting my kids into the public school much less letting them ride the bus home. I try to make friends my age but they have no desire to be good parents or do activities that don't involve bars or drugs. We have so many churches here and so many outreach programs, is the education system just failing here? Or is it generations repeating habits? I am not a Crossville native, but I have lived here for awhile and it is just really sad to see a place so beautiful and so full of life to be so over run with low lives.

And while I am at it, I would like to know for those of you who do not do the things listed above, what do you do for fun? Like where do you go, where do your kids go, what do you like to do or participate in? and are there any churches here that aren't corrupt and truly love Jesus anymore?
Lydia

Crossville, TN

#2 Mar 29, 2011
Wow. I know what you mean. My family is from this area, but with my dad being in the Army, we moved around a lot. But every summer, I'd come back here to spend it with my grandparents and I loved it. So after I graduated college, I wanted to move here and raise my family here. It's just such a different place than when I was growing up. Or maybe I was naiive then, I don't know.

We don't go to bars, or clubs, drink, or do drugs and it seems really hard to make friends with people that also don't do these things. Don't get me wrong: I have NOTHING against social drinking or what have you, but it seems like a lot of people in this area put drugs and alcohol as a priority above their family.

As for where we go: we basically just spend a lot of time as a family. I have a COUPLE of close friends that I feel like share the same values with me and every so often, we'll get together and go out to dinner or a football game or something. We have play dates with the kids at maybe Chuckle's or something along those lines.

As for churches: I don't really know what to tell you there. We go to a very small church, but our church is not a SMALL-MINDED church. I have only been to a couple other churches in the area, so I'm not really an expert on what churches are best suited for someone like yourself. I would just say that take a month of Sundays and visit different churches in the area to see which one you think best fits you and your family.

Good luck!

Since: Jun 10

Crossville, TN

#3 Mar 29, 2011
ConcernedForThem wrote:
I have read a few of the post on Topix, but never really replied to anything because it really wasn't worth it, but I am just curious, why do you think that slowly but surely this town is being over run by drugs, welfare, theives, criminals, and deadbeat parents? I fear even putting my kids into the public school much less letting them ride the bus home. I try to make friends my age but they have no desire to be good parents or do activities that don't involve bars or drugs. We have so many churches here and so many outreach programs, is the education system just failing here? Or is it generations repeating habits? I am not a Crossville native, but I have lived here for awhile and it is just really sad to see a place so beautiful and so full of life to be so over run with low lives.
And while I am at it, I would like to know for those of you who do not do the things listed above, what do you do for fun? Like where do you go, where do your kids go, what do you like to do or participate in? and are there any churches here that aren't corrupt and truly love Jesus anymore?
30 years ago Crossville was one of the most quiet, friendly places around. No traffic, everyone knew everyone else. Then the drugs cam in from all the places that are connected by I-40 and 127. Our city is so named because of the fact that two major highways Intersect. The intersection of 127 and 70 is why Crossville was here in the first place. So as drugs became more prevalent, and that prevalence bred interstate drug trafficking, the market ultimately and inevitably integrated itself into the community. Your alarm is well founded, but it is also over-exaggerated and belated.

Drugs are overrunning EVERY town and city in America. As long as society tries to sell peace and love instead of attaining it, there will be no escape from drugs. You cannot keep your children from encountering drugs.

If you shelter your children from drugs,they will have no way to handle the situation when it DOES happen. Your best bet is to go ahead and put your kids into public school like a normal, rational person, as social skills are important for your children as mmuch as anything, and if you homeschool your child you will likely make them as reclusive as you are, and that isn't good at all.

Nope your best bet is to warn your children about the dangers of drugs. Take the time to teach them why they should say no to drugs, instead of simply keeping them from encountering the choice for as long as possible. In other words, be a parent.
Lydia

Crossville, TN

#4 Mar 29, 2011
Grognak's absolutely right. My son is only 5, but we try to incorporate SOMETHING into our daily conversations with him about alcohol, drugs, strangers, etc... I will continue to do this as much as I can. It won't guarantee that he'll always listen and never experiment with anything, but at least he'll be better prepared.

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