Volunteers building free clinic in Claiborne County, TN

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tn. (WYMT/WVLT) - In the areas surrounding Claiborne County, three out of ten people have no insurance.

That's why church groups are building a free clinic: to bring medical care to the uninsured.

Powell Valley High School shut its doors almost a decade ago, along with it this vocational school. It sat empty until a few years ago when the county leased the building to Servolution Health Services, which is now opening the county's first free clinic.

"When I was hungry you fed me, when I was naked you clothed me, when I was sick you visited me, when I was in prison you came to see me," said Edwin Robertson.

That message inspired Robertson and others to grab their drills and saws to help remodel this old school into a clinic for no pay.

There are nine exam rooms on the medical side, which includes a pharmacy with free medicine for patients, but no narcotics.
Along with it, there will be chiropractors and physical therapists.

"This will be the check-in for patients coming, the waiting room outside," said Robertson.

There are three chairs for dental checkups, one of the most crucial elements of this lab.

"56% of our people haven't seen a dentist in over three years," said Robertson.

One of the biggest rooms will eventually become part of the wellness center, where patients can come by and exercise, run on treadmills and pump iron. All part of learning how to live a healthier lifestyle.

"We could have cooking demonstration areas, to teach smoking cessation, maybe budgeting, parenting, and other classes that would help folks," said Robertson.

All in hopes of helping to make the Cumberland Gap area a better place to live.

The clinic is scheduled to open in September, but they need more help.

There is a scrap metal drive coming up next week. If you are interested in donating items, such as an old car or bulldozer, you can drop it off at N.E.T. Recycling. Or you can call Dan Steed, who will come pick up your item.

Steed's number is 423-912-3335.

For anymore information about the clinic or the drive, contact Edwin Robertson at: 865-207-5814. You can also email him at edwinrobertson@hotmail.com.

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