WVLT 8 – Miss Tennessee Talks About Her Dad’s Suicide and His Drug Abuse

Addiction is a disease that touches almost every person in Tennessee, even Miss Tennessee.

One in six people in Tennessee are misusing drugs, according to the CDC.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis spoke to Caty Davis who knows what it’s like to lose someone to addiction.

Behind the classic blonde hair and the crown, this Powell native has a heart of hurt. Miss Tennessee Caty Davis says, “My father was an addict, and three years ago on June 11, he committed suicide.”

Instead of letting that addiction define her, she’s using her title as Miss Tennessee to empower families affected by substance abuse. Caty Davis says, “It’s also about me visiting recovery centers and raising money for children dependent on opioids.”

She says every 25 minutes a baby is born dependent on drugs in the United States, and Tennessee is three times the national average.

Caty has raised three thousand dollars so far for the babies born addicted to drugs. She says, “The tiniest and most innocent are affected by this addiction epidemic.”

Caty walks on bringing awareness and educating as many people as she can.

If you would like to help Caty raise money for drug dependent babies, she’s having “Spray for a Cause” on July 14-16 at Sun Tan City. You get a free Versa Pro Spray Tan with a $5 donation to “Addiction Doesn’t Define Me”.

For more information go to www.suntancity.com


The Tennessean – Nashville’s Top Workplaces: 2017 Winners



Small companies

1. Peachtree Planning
Local employees: 40

2. Barbershop Harmony Society
Local employees: 35

3. Accurate Mortgage Group
Local employees: 42

4. Hastings Architecture, LLC
Local employees: 59

5. Thompson Nashville
Local employees: 84

6. Paradigm Group
Local employees: 42

7. Acopia, LLC
Local employees: 109

8. Rolling Hills Community Church
Local employees: 38

9. Care Supply Co, LLC
Local employees: 62

10. Concept Technology, Inc.
Local employees: 47

11. Entrada
Local employees: 43

12. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.
Local employees: 47

13. DSi
Local employees: 64

14. Aerotek
Local employees: 37

15. Houzz
Local employees: 73

16. American Income Life
Local employees: 71

17. McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
Local employees: 68

18. Primary Care & Hope Clinic
Local employees: 79

19. WGU Tennessee
Local employees: 53

20. Workforce Essentials, Inc.
Local employees: 45

21. Kimbro Oil Company
Local employees: 55

22. Richards & Richards
Local employees: 53

23. High Hopes Development Center
Local employees: 58

24. Hendersonville Christian Academy
Local employees: 52

Local employees: 70

26. Insight Global
Local employees: 68

27. axialHealthcare
Local employees: 42

28. InfoWorks
Local employees: 100

29. TEK Systems
Local employees: 37

30. Saint Joseph School
Local employees: 39

31. Freeland Chevrolet
Local employees: 110

32. Logo Brands Inc.
Local employees: 50

33. PICA, a ProAssurance Company
Local employees: 109

34. LOGICFORCE Consulting, LLC
Local employees: 40

35. The Next Door, Inc.
Local employees: 123

36. LPS Integration Inc.
Local employees: 71

37. StrategyCorps
Local employees: 43

38. Capital Financial Group, LLC
Local employees: 61

39. Des-Case Corporation
Local employees: 68

40. Saint Bernard Academy
Local employees: 54

41. Biscuit Love
Local employees: 86

42. Tennessee Foundation Services
Local employees, 91

43. JLL
Local employees: 107

44. Metro Carpets, LLC
Local employees: 68

45. Goodall Homes
Local employees: 105

Channel 5 – The Plus Side of Nashville: The Next Door



The Tennessean – Faith-Based Group Aids Women Fighting Addiction

Addiction is a complicated disease, especially for women. Women’s bodies process medication differently, and they experience a higher incidence of depression and anxiety.

Often, as the primary caregivers for their families, women experience increased emotional and financial distress during treatment.

Those are just some of the reasons The Next Door, a faith-based organization in Nashville, offers a wide range of addiction treatment services designed specifically for women. In this Q&A, Chief Clinical Officer Cindy Sneed talks about the challenges women in recovery face and the current opioid crisis in the state.

Why did The Next Door choose to focus on treating women who are addicted to drugs or alcohol?

The women who founded The Next Door were members of a local church congregation. They found an empty building in downtown Nashville that they wanted to put to use in a way that would help others. After completing a community needs analysis, they looked for gaps where they could make a difference. They saw that women who were coming out of incarceration faced multiple barriers and often fell through the cracks when rebuilding their lives. The congregation bought this vacant building on Eighth Avenue that became The Next Door’s first home.

Working with women coming out of incarceration, we quickly recognized the majority of them struggled with addiction, mental illness and trauma, and these challenges impacted the women’s families as well.

Through experience, we learned that clients could do really well when they were in residence, but after they moved out of The Next Door, they continued to struggle with relapse because they had limited to no recovery skills.

We saw the cycle of addiction play out right before our eyes and said, “We can do better.” As a result, we expanded our original mission to include residential addiction treatment.

How did residency affect recovery?

As the residential treatment grew, clients were staying clean and sober longer; as a result, we began to see families coming together in healthier ways. As we further evaluated our clients’ needs, we realized that effective treatment would involve multiple levels of care over a longer period of time. So we added outpatient services and enhanced our recovery support services.

What do you see as the foundation for success with your clients?

Building quality, trusting relationships with our clients.

Working with women requires creating a safe, supportive environment; otherwise, the women we serve cannot begin to make the changes necessary while in treatment.

The collaborative relationship between our clients and our staff is the vehicle for change. Our clients know that when we say, “We will be here for you,” we mean it.

We understand that addiction is a chronic disease and that at some point in the future, our clients may need our services. If they find themselves in a place where they need help again, we have an established relationship, and they can reconnect with us to get the recovery support they need.

What happens when a woman comes to The Next Door for help?

Addiction is a complex disease, and to recover from addiction, a woman has to learn healthy coping skills and develop a quality support system. That begins when they walk in the door.

Our treatment is tailored to each client’s needs and can include:

  • A thorough needs assessment that begins with both medical and psychiatric evaluations.
  • An integrated clinic that provides medical and psychiatric care.
  • A fetal doppler monitor for the babies of our pregnant clients.
  • 24/7 on-site nursing care.
  • Medically monitored detox.

We offer a holistic approach to treatment that includes individual, group and family therapy, and trauma intervention is woven throughout the process.

The Power of Blue
The BlueCross BlueShield Health Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to The Next Door to help them provide physical, emotional and spiritual rehabilitation for women in crisis, and the foundation provided financial support to help build a KaBOOM! playground on-site. To learn more about how BlueCross is helping your community, visit bettertennessee.com.

This story is provided and presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


WKRN – Nashville Recovery Center Focuses On Helping Women In Crisis

The Contributor – Women’s Day On The Hill Draws Crowd

Several hundred participants turned up for Women’s Day on the Hill March 8 full of energy and a sense of empowerment.

Presented by The Business and Professional Women of Tennessee Inc., the “2017 Tennessee Women’s Policy and Action Day on the Hill” worked with partners to make the day, on International Women’s Day, a success for the several hundred who participated.

Partners included Tennessee Women Political Caucus; Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee; Advocates for Women’s and Kid’s Equality; Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; Healthy and Free Tennessee; Memphis Area Women’s Council; Contracts for Women Inc.; A Better Balance; AAUW-Tennessee; YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Nashville Feminist Collective; Tennessee Women Chamber of Commerce; The Next Door; Native American Indian Association of Tennessee; Exodus Inc., and other women’s organizations.

Event organizer Zulfat Suara said since the beginning of this century, the day has experienced low turnout but the resurgence is no surprise considering anti-women legislation at hand. The measures are anti-reproductive rights, anti-refugee, and anti-public health care, she said.

“The significance for 2017 is that due to the political climate, many women are active and ready to be involved,” Suara said. “It is important for our legislators to hear from the constituent and how they feel about these bills.”

The day this year began with a group breakfast, featuring House Speaker Beth Harwell followed by break out groups to visit with legislators, then a group lunch and more visits. The day concluded with a women’s rights rally.

Alison Cooke, communications director for The Next Door (Credit: Ashley Heeney)

One participant of the event was Alison Cooke, communications director of The Next Door, an addiction treatment center especially for women, and one of the only gender-specific centers in the area. The center accepts pregnant women and provides treatment for uninsured individuals like the homeless.

“The idea of this group to get behind one another and me a stronger voice for issues that affect women is extremely important,” Cooke said. The Next Door has joined the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

“Beth Harwell has put together a task force on the issue,” Cooke said, adding  that The Next Door would love to be part of it. “Our bottom line is that we want to help women and help stop overdoses. We want women to reach out to us for help and we would welcome the support from our representatives in making sure that Tennessee women know they have someone to call (at) 1-855-TND-HOPE.”

Anna Carella, co-director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, also participated in advocacy day.

“Healthy and Free Tennessee believes that people, including homeless, should have the freedom to make choices about their health that are in the best interest of their families free from government coercion or intrusion. Being pro-choice is being pro-family,” Carella said.

“What was alarming about Rep. (Matthew) Hill’s defense of his bill (HB 1189) today is that he believes that the government should override science and medical facts in determining fetal viability. He is also confusing case law and constitutional right. Just because legislation hasn’t been challenged yet in another state – he mentioned a law in Ohio – doesn’t mean it’s constitutional,” she said.

“As Rep. Clemmons said during testimony, the cumulative effect of all of these restrictions including other bills from 2012 and 2015 is undue burden on women seeking abortion. This bill will end up in court and is a waste of taxpayer money.”

“We know that access to contraception, not abortion restrictions, lowers abortion rates,” Carella said. “We need legislators to focus on making contraception more affordable and accessible for Tennesseans, not finding new ways to restrict abortion access.

“The biggest barrier [of the day] unfortunately is that some of our legislators have made up their mind to vote a certain way, and do not listen to reason and the voices of the people,” Suara said. “The past couple of years have been very hard for advocates in Tennessee.”

While last year saw a few “wins,” like the anti-stalking bill, there was a “loss” of The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Insure Tennessee, and protection for refugees.

“Giving up, going away, or not challenging the legislators on bills that are not good for Tennesseans is not the solution,” Suara said. “It is against our ideals. We must continue to engage and to hold our elected officials accountable.”


The Contributor – January’s Nonprofit Spotlight: The Next Door

The Next Door provides transitional housing and recovery programs for women coming out of incarceration, domestic violence, human trafficking, and drug and alcohol abuse. As one of Nashville’s first housing facilities and re-entry programs exclusively for women, The Next Door has helped hundreds of women in Middle Tennessee build lives of flourishing and hope.

Established in 2004 by a small group of women from First Baptist Church in Nashville, The Next Door was founded to address one of the largest unmet needs in Tennessee – when women are released from incarceration, they often lack adequate housing or a support system, two elements that are essential to a successful re-entry into society. With an average of 2,500 women released from prison each year since 2010 (Tennessee Department of Correction), the challenge these women face is a return to old neighborhoods, old habits and for many, old addictions. The Next Door exists to be the “next step” for women as they transition out of experiences of incarceration (as well as addiction, trauma or mental illness) and into lives that are thriving both physically and mentally.

Using an integrated model that serves the whole woman, The Next Door provides a wide range of services including housing, mental health counseling, addiction rehabilitation, medical care and job training to women in crisis.

“The Next Door serves as the hands and feet of Christ,” says Communications Director Alison Cooke. For her and almost all the other staff members at The Next Door, it is their Christian faith that serves as the foundation of their work. “Women are met with so many barriers when trying to battle their addiction. [We] help alleviate some of those barriers and give women hope they have never had before – or haven’t had in a long time.”

In the organization’s mission to assist in every aspect of a woman’s recovery, The Next Door also serves the children of their clients – both born and unborn. From medically monitored detoxification and addiction treatment for women who are pregnant, to tutoring, mentoring and drug abuse prevention services for their children, The Next Door continues to expand its core service areas so they can holistically help women in crisis.

The Next Door is growing in size as well as scope. In 2014, they moved their flagship rehabilitation center to a location off Charlotte Avenue and opened the Freedom Recovery Community, an apartment complex that provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services to women and their children. In their new facilities they now also offer recovery support groups, counseling and workforce development for their clients.

Looking for a way to get involved?

Whether you’d like to help with a special event, create welcome bags for new clients, donate clothes or assist the Food Service Team by serving lunch or dinner to residents, The Next Door has great volunteer opportunities for both individuals and families. Visit their website at thenextdoor.org to discover volunteer and donation opportunities.

If you or a woman you know is struggling with addiction and would like to speak with someone at The Next Door, please call 855-TND-HOPE.