by Rachel Petty 

Johnny Wayne Baxter, Stephanie Alford, and Andrew Napier celebrated their graduation from the Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court Program on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, three participants in the Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court program celebrated their graduation.

The ceremony for graduates Andrew Napier, Stephanie Alford, and Johnny Baxter was held inside the Smith County Ag Center. 

Judge Michael Collins stands for a photo with the graduates.

Judge Micheal Collins presided over the ceremony, and the graduates had the chance to speak to the audience about their time in the program.

Smith County Insider live streamed the graduation ceremony. You can watch the full ceremony below. 

As a result of his participation in the Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court, Andrew has been clean and sober for 597 days! He has attended 282 self-help meetings, been promoted in his job, and has never received a sanction in the Recovery Court program.

Stephanie has been clean and sober for 644 days! She has attended 306 self-help meetings, has been promoted in her job, and is actively helping other people that are trying to move forward in their recovery.

Johnny has been clean and sober for 557 days! He has attended 224 self-help meetings and has made a positive change in jobs.

Congratulations Andrew, Stephanie, and Johnny! We are so proud of you. 

The Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court was established in March of 2015 through the efforts of Judge Michael Collins, the Fifteenth Judicial District Drug Court Program, the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, and the concerned citizens of Smith County. 

The Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court is committed to assisting with the intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation of non-violent drug offenders who desire to change their lives and break the cycle of drug dependency.

Learn more about the Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court, follow along on participants’ journeys, and help celebrate participants’ milestones on the Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court Facebook page.