On Friday, Sept. 20, local government officials, members of the East Tennessee treatment community and recovering individuals are invited to a special 30-year anniversary celebration for Cornerstone of Recovery, the center said in a press release.

Cornerstone Executive Vice President Bill Hood’s son, John, will speak, and former CEO and current board Chairman Dan Caldwell will serve as master of ceremonies.

Caldwell was on staff at Blount County’s Peninsula Hospital when Bill Hood found sobriety himself in 1979, and when Hood set out to open up his own treatment facility, Caldwell and a handful of other former Peninsula staffers joined him.

“Everybody understood how tenuous it was, because there were nine competitors in the market at the time,” Caldwell said. “We all knew it was highly unlikely that it was going to work. But what we were doing felt right.”

Demand for Cornerstone’s combination of traditional, 12 Step-based treatment with evidence-based psycho-educational therapy led to the construction of a new facility in 2003. In 2017, Cornerstone moved to its present location on Alcoa Highway.

“We are who we are today because of those who came before us,” said Cornerstone CEO Steve McGrew. “We have a huge responsibility to carry on with the good work that was started 30 years ago.”

The anniversary event begins at 5 p.m. at the Polly Bales Building on the Cornerstone campus, 4726 Airport Highway in Louisville. Finger foods and drinks will be served before the celebration and speaker meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dessert and drinks will be available after the meeting concludes, and guests are encouraged to visit with staff members and local government and treatment community officials until 10 p.m.

For more information, visit the Cornerstone website at www.cornerstoneofre covery.com or call 865-684-1628.

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