Thursday, April 14, 2011

MADD Organizers Recognized For Their Work

The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole today presented two Cookeville area victim rights advocates with a Voice for Victims Award -- in recognition of their commitment and dedication to helping crime victims. The award for the Upper Cumberland was presented to Aline and Norris Skelley of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving. After suffering the loss of her brother in an alcohol-related traffic crash in 1993, Mrs. Skelley was motivated to become a victim advocate and help others as advocates had helped her family. Officials say that since then, both Mr. and Mrs. Skelley have provided assistance, understanding and compassion to other crime victims who are coping with tragic losses. One of the event they help coordinate each year is the Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance. The award was given to the Skelley's during a tree planting ceremony at Cane Creek Park. The ceremony was one of more than a dozen such events being held statewide this week in honor of Victims Rights Week.