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About the Veterans Treatment Court Program

The Fourth Judicial District Drug Recovery Court was implemented in 2009 with its mission to fully utilize the authority of the Court and the synergy of a multi-disciplinary team to provide the greatest opportunity for recovery from addiction of local chemically-dependant, non-violent offenders through effective treatment and supervision, thereby increasing public safety, reducing crime and its costs, and restoring individuals to their families, workplaces, and communities.

Earlier this year, 2015, in recognizing the need to address specific issues and problems unique to military veterans involved in our criminal justice system, our Drug Recovery Court team members agreed that it was time to add a Veterans Treatment Track to serve these veterans. We consider it to be a debt of honor to these individuals and their families. To achieve implementation we were extremely fortunate to add Frank Vollmer, United States Army, Retired, as our Veteran’s Treatment Court Mentor. “Having a military veteran mentor to walk along beside of the participant is a vital component to the veteran’s recovery.” Frank Vollmer, Veterans Treatment Court mentor.

Dandridge Team

  • Frank Vollmer, United States Army, Retired

  • The Honorable O. Duane Slone, 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge

  • The Honorable Ben W. Hooper II, 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge

  • Patricia Williams, Program Director

  • Jeremy Ball, Assistant District Attorney General

  • Charles Murphy, Assistant District Attorney General

  • Ed Miller, District Public Defender

  • Keith Haas, Assistant Public Defender

  • Thomas Hollowell, Case Manager/Facilitator

  • Rick Wardroup, State Probation Officer

  • Bud McCoig, Jefferson County Sheriff


Newport Team

  • Frank Vollmer, United States Army, Retired

  • The Honorable Ben W. Hooper II, 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge

  • The Honorable O. Duane Slone, 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge

  • Patricia Williams, Program Director

  • Thomas Hollowell, Case Manager/Facilitator

  • Tonya Thornton, Assistant District Attorney General

  • Keith Haas, Assistant Public Defender

  • Linda Dawson, Community Corrections Officer

  • Mark Sartain, Community Corrections Officer

  • Cheryl Parker, State Probation Officer

  • Maurice Shults, City of Newport Chief of Police

Our Staff

Patricia Williams – Director

Ms. William joined the Fourth Judicial District Drug Recovery Court in 2009 as Coordinator/Director. She comes to us with 22 years prior experience as a Community Corrections Officer for the Fourth Judicial District. Ms. Williams’ prior experience includes Medical Office Manager Auditor for an inventory company, Assistant to Dean of Technologies at Walters State Community College, and House Manager at Tennessee Technological University.

Ms. Williams is certified to conduct the SASSI and LSCMI for assessment purposes. She is also certified to teach MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and “Prime for Life” classes for DUI offenders. She is a member of the Tennessee Association of Drug Court Programs (TADCP) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and currently serves as the East Tennessee Region Board Member for the TADCP.

Additionally, Ms. Williams serves as Director for the 4th Judicial District Recovery Services, Inc. Ms. Patricia Williams is a 1982 graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a B.S. in Management.

Patricia Williams was raised as the daughter of a career Army father and has a working knowledge of the lives led by veterans and their families.

Thomas Hollowell – Case Manager

Mr. Thomas Hollowell joined the Fourth Judicial District Recovery Court in May, 2013, as a Case Manager. He is a 1992 graduate of Maryville High School and a former graduate of the Blount County Drug Court Program. Mr. Hollowell was previously employed by STEPS House, Inc., as a Counselor / House Manager.

Thomas is actively working to complete his LADAC, and is an active member and officer of ETAADAC, Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP), and National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). He is currently certified to provide “Prime for Life” to DUI offenders.

Our Team Members