1st Quarter News

2021 Statistics

Men Housed - 103

Men employed - 517

Child Support Paid - $41,854.15

Taxes Paid - $374,495.35


Men Housed - 52

Men Employed - 49

Graduates for the Quarter - 5

Letter from the Director - David Elkins


I want to talk to you this quarter about Safe Harbor’s fourfold purpose; Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, & Make a Difference. We feel if we can instill in our men these four realities to live by then there opportunity for success is very possible. Without these four principles they will never discover the true essence of God and why they were created.

Knowing God; many people know about God but few search and know God! Matt. 7:14For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Knowing God takes an active desire driven by passion and will never be accomplished by just showing up to a class or church... Going through the motions!

It is obvious to the ones who have found God and know him intimately!

John 10:26–30 (NASB)  “But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.”

You see if you know God It will be obvious and you will be transformed into a new creation by which old things pass away and behold all things become new!

Finding Freedom has alluded so many from the beginning of time. It's safe harbor we have seen this principle deceive so many with the world promise of fulfillment without the power of our majesty Lord Jesus. Sobriety and physical freedom or just the threshold of survival and will never sustain us to success.

John 8:31–36 (NASB)

31So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

33They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed

Jesus is the only source of true freedom and until we allow Him to set us free, we will never find true freedom!


Discovering Purpose  Why are we here, why did God make me, what is my purpose??? Many people search for that answer and define themselves and their purpose by what they do and not who they are. God's word is simple it has the same purpose for everyone. We just have different callings to achieve it!

Romans 8:29 (NASB95)

29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

For everyone, Jesus created us to become like Him so that we can spend all eternity with him. And what a wonderful Creator He is! Giving us all distinct personalities, abilities, and skills all for one purpose to build the body of Christ.



Romans 12:3–8 (NASB95)

3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching,

8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

All for the glory of God! Whatever you do, do you work hardy as unto the Lord!


Make a Difference Similar to the 12th Step of AA it is our goal that our clients have a spiritual awakening as a result of their stay with us and adopting the four-fold purpose of Safe Harbor to carry the message out to struggling addicts!


There is Hope, and the key to recovery and life itself is adopting this purpose to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference


For all who pray and support us please keep Safe Harbor and our clients in your prayers as you make a difference for Jesus!

A look around Jefferson County

All we like on the roof for the hood and make up air is wiring. We have some very talented guys in our program. Thanks be to Jesus!!!

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Won't be long until planting time!

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It’s awesome to have 4 graduates giving back laying tile in our new kitchen and leading our Saturday evening service. To God be the Glory!!!


Jefferson County Clients were excited for the Super Bowl!

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Busy days at the farm


Got our hood set on Friday, preparing for Smokey Mt. Metal Works to come get it ducted out.


Winter Jam in Knoxville


Thanks to Brother Chuck Davis of East TN Rooter and Plumbing for coming and giving us a long days work to get our grease trap and apt plumbed in!


Thanks to Brother Jeff Weiss for the donation to purchase round tables!


Thank you D & S Builders for your continued support of Safe Harbor and Battle in the Saddle!


Our December grad, Randy Copeland, getting the keys to his college dorm, advancing his Christian studies at Johnson university! This is what it's all about!


Celebration Sunday - March 2022

Congratulations to our graduates Ruben Scarlett, Derrick Teasley, & Mike Musick.

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Reliable of the Month is AJ Mitch Hutton. Congratulations!

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Staff Member of the Month is Kevin Lee. Congrats!


Staff of the Quarter - Kevin Lee


Kevin graduated our program in October and began his tenure as staff driving a van. He quickly implemented and enhanced Safe Harbor’s transportation procedures to make the transportation department run smoother.

Kevin was promoted to Transportation Coordinator in March and continues to oversee and improve our transportation needs. Kevin is proven to be a valuable part of the team and we're excited to see how God is going to use him in the future.

Celebration Sunday - February 2022

Congratulations to our graduates Sean Ash & Hubert Turner!

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Reliable of the Month is Christopher Copeland. Congrats!

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Client of the Month is Landon Gary! Congratulations

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Client Volunteer of the Month is Jeffrey Caldwell. Congrats

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Partner of the Quarter - WASCO

We would like to recognize Wasco as Safe Harbor of Jefferson County's partner of the quarter. Wasco has been partnered with us for several years now and continues to employee clients in our program. Wasco is the largest masonry company in Tennessee and been around since 1966. 

Many of our clients have sought continued employment thru Wasco well after they graduate our program. The work they do is not for the feint of heart, yet many find the work enjoyable and rewarding. Special shout out to former graduate of Safe Harbor Sean Ashe for his continued employment at Wasco as well as the rebuilding he has been doing in his life. Thank you Wasco for assisting in this process. We hope to have many more years of continued partnership.


Client of the Quarter - Jeffrey Caldwell

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"My name is Jeffrey Caldwell, my life has been using drugs, criminal activity and destroying relationships with my family and loved ones. I ended up in Jefferson County Jail on 8 years pending charges, heading to prison.  I was lost, empty and hopeless with no positive future ahead.

One of my Corrections Officer’s brought me a bible. I began to read and pray to God. They held Church and Pastor David Elkins was preaching, I had not seen him in years. Afterwards we talked, he asked me if I was ready to get out of God’s way and surrender to him. That’s when I really felt God’s presence. In no time God removed many roadblocks to allow me to come to Safe Harbor, as the first Drug Court.

He answered my prayers. I’m part of a program that has given me the tools with a path to be successful. I have a network here that love and care about me.

God has restored relationships with my kids, my mom and dad. I have positive relationships with others. I am going well in Drug Court, have a job, money in my account and have stayed clean from drug use.

I used to have a lot of hurt and pain that I had hung on to, I have given it to God, with that for the first time in my life I am happy and at peace. I worry about nothing, pray about everything. I care and love people today. I’m no longer alone and empty, I no longer feel hopeless.

The most important thing I have today is a relationship with God. All the weight has been removed from my shoulders, I an free. I have hope for the life ahead."

Battle in the Saddle 2022

Battle in the Saddle 2022… what a weekend!

We want to thank every one of you who came out to support Safe Harbor & Battle in the Saddle. We had another amazing year, despite the weather not wanting to cooperate with us. With all of the support from our amazing sponsors and competitors we were able to raise $37,710.21!

New this year was two days of awesome pole bending competition. We were able to watch top notch competitors and their horses turn in blazing fast times. We had a total of 144 runs over the two days and paid out $7,104. Congratulations to our Average Winners; 1D – Josh Morton, 2D – Jaelyn Cooper, & 3D Amanda Ervin. We plan to have Pole Bending back for 2023 and have some really cool things in the works for next year as well!

Our Young Guns competition was nothing short of amazing. Seeing these kids giving it all they have is nothing less than impressive. Friday night Darcy Dement set the pace in the Young Guns class which rolled over into the Open. Her and her horse, Hel on Socks, ended up winning 2nd in the Open with a 14.825. Saturday and Sunday’s Young Guns winner, Kanely Cooper, followed in Darcy’s footsteps winning the Young Guns each day and then placing 2nd in the Open both days as well. It is safe to say that these kids are definitely “gunning” for the first when they enter into the arena.

Young Guns Average winners were 1D - Kanely Cooper, 2D – Madelyn Gregory, 3D – Sara Bryn Chambers.

Open Barrels had a total of 971 entries even with the not-so-great weather we were handed. Friday night’s win went to Darby Toole on Spit N Fire with a 14.758. Saturday’s round win went to the one and only, Billy Hatzman on Honor Bounds Ghost. Sunday Sierra Waldrep & Lordy Hez Dashin clinched the win being the last runner of the weekend. They ran a 14.443 to change things up for everyone. Goes to prove that it all comes down to that final horse.

Open Average winners were 1D – Kanely Cooper on Red Native Dunit, 2D – Denise Evans on Famous Rolling Stone, 3D – Peggy Pulley on Gunner and 4D – Tylee Tummins on Jessie.

Total Payout for BITS 2022 was $81,233.50 plus awards. Total Entries – 1,745 (Young Guns, Open, Sidepots, Poles)

We cannot thank our sponsors enough for all they do for Battle in the Saddle. Without them our shows would not continue to happen. If you have a chance to thank them, please do…

D&S Builders, Tennessee Tractor, LLC, IGA Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Tractor Supply, The Drag Queen Arena Drag – Randy Price, Jim & Sue Oaks, Paul Bailey, KT Produce, Netgain, Donald Roberts, Maxine & Bill Shirk, OakTenn, WASCO, Sun Electric, Barry & Maria Jenkins, David & Lynn Elkins, Kyle & Jamie Bennett, Benjamin & Jennifer Woodby, Linda & James Williams, Salon OC, Janice & Jerry Clark, Church Weber, Shawn Gallant, and the Mitchell Family.

To our ground crew who are some of the best in the business, THANK YOU! Thank you for keeping the ground safe and consistent all weekend. You all put so much care into making sure we have the best footing possible, and the times turned in prove that to be true. Travis Childress, John Osborne, Maddox Pinner, & Rodney Ervin thank you for the long hours this past weekend.

Thank you to Brent Puhl for the countless hours behind the camera and for having the webcast for everyone to watch. Please support our photographer and be sure to purchase your favorite pictures from this weekend!

To all of our vendors thank you for being with us. If you weren’t able to snag up some good deals this weekend, be sure to catch up with all of them on Facebook. There was something for everyone there and we hope to have all of you back next year!

Thank you to JHA Saddle & Tack for once again providing a 5 Star Pad for our raffle! Congrats to the winner as well.

To the Agricenter Showplace Staff we thank you for letting us use your facility once again. Thank you for all the help you provide to our show staff and competitors.

Tennessee Tractor where do we even begin! With the world we are living in currently finding tractors can be a challenge, but you all saved the day by having 3 John Deere’s there for our use. Just as the show couldn’t run without sponsors, it definitely couldn’t go on without tractors. If anyone is in the market for a new tractor be sure to give Tennessee Tractor in Somerville, TN a shot at helping you find what you are looking for.

Thank you Randy Price with Drag Queen Arena Drags for the use of your equipment. If you are in the market for a new arena drag visit to see which model would be best for you!

Thank you as well to Ralph Feathers for the use of your arena drags.

Thank you to all who donated a cake for the cake auction and to those who purchased one. Those were some delicious goodies to have to make things even sweeter at the barrel race.

To our show staff thank you, thank you for the long hours and the work before and after the show that no one else sees. It’s not an easy job but we are so thankful that you work so hard to make our show the best it can be.

2023 will be the 10-year Anniversary for Battle in the Saddle. We are already working on plans for next year and this will be a show you will not want to miss. Mark your calendars for Jan 13 – 15, 2023.

Again, thank you for your continued support. The barrel racing community is amazing, and we are so thankful for each person that comes to our shows.