By David Stewart
For the Mountain Advocate
Jeremiah Evans, (former youth pastor and founder of Connection Point Church) is the “point” person bringing the idea of LIVE-IT to the Knox County area.
“I have been in this community for seven years and am aware of some heart piercing truths,” said Evans. 38,000 people live here, and 34% are found to be struggling below the poverty line. The median income earners in this area are not very far from that either. That’s almost 13,000 people. Digging a little deeper, I found that 29% or almost 3,800 of these people are over the age of 65. Although, 85% of those 3,800 people own their own home, they simply are unable to afford up-keep and maintenance.
“Now, add this to the fact that 19% of the county is made up of single parent households, (60% of them are female.) They, too, fall under the poverty line.
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