TOP PHOTO: The Eighth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament was held Friday and Saturday at Iron Mountain Sporting Clays. The tournament raises funds for area Children’s Centers . Pictured is Campbell County Children’s Center Executive Director Tracie Davis, who also serves as the director for Claiborne and Union counties, Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler, and Angel Sexton, director of the Fentress and Scott County Child Advocacy Center.

By Charlotte Underwood 

KODAK, TN (WLAF) – This year’s “Dixie Roofing Clays for Children” Sporting Clays tournament had the “largest turnout yet” in its eight year history. 

Over the weekend, the 8th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office hosted the Eighth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Iron Mountain Sporting Clays in Sevier County. 

The event has grown exponentially since the inaugural tournament eight years ago.

The tournament has turned into one of the largest benefit shoots for the area and this year expanded into a two-day tournament. 

“This year’s Dixie Roofing Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament was the first year our tournament expanded to two days and it was by far our largest turnout,” said Eighth District Attorney General Jared Effler. 

The yearly event raises money to support the children’s centers of the 8th Judicial District, comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties. 

Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler, left, on-stage with Ray Varner, from Ray Varner Ford who spoke on behalf of Dixie Roofing, who “graciously stepped up” as this year’s sponsor for the tournament.

These children’s centers serve hundreds of children each year, and work closely with local law enforcement and the District Attorney Generals’ Office.  They assist with medical examinations, forensic interviews, counseling and therapy.  

“The children’s centers are an integral part of the work we do in prosecuting child abuse cases,” stated District Attorney General Jared Effler.

Proceeds raised at the tournament will benefit the Children’s Centers of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union Counties. Funds from the tournament is split among the counties.  Campbell County’s Children Center services three of those counties and depends upon this important yearly fundraiser, according to Campbell County Children’s Center Executive Director Tracie Davis.

This is the second largest fundraiser for the Campbell County Children’s Center held each year and funds raised at this event help to serve children in multiple counties. 

According to Effler, the community turns out in number every year to support this worthy cause. 

“The support we received from our communities was simply amazing! It’s because of this support that our Children’s Centers can continue their mission of serving abused and neglected children. I extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this year’s event so successful!” Effler said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/09/2023-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE)