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Open for Business: Controversial drug treatment center in Gray has first day

(PHOTO: L. Owens / WCYB)

A controversial methadone clinic opened its doors in Gray, Tennessee on Monday.

The Overmountain Recovery Clinic had its first day of operation following several years of planning, community meetings and a fierce attempt by some residents in and around the facility to stop its operation.

The dispensary, operated by East Tennessee State University and Mountain States Health Alliance, is currently contacting patients who have already requested help to schedule initial assessments.

A citizens group tried to stop the clinic from opening, cting fears it would negatively impact the community and dramatically increase traffic along Highway 75.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency gave approval for the $1.3 million center in August 2016.

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