Two graduate drug court

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Both say they have college plans

By Lisa King

Shelby County Drug Court officials, including Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman, were on hand Thursday to congratulate two Shelby County men who graduated from drug court after nearly two years of participation.

Thomas Graft and Mike Reid, both of whom say they have college plans, entered the program in the summer of 2011 and have worked diligently since then, performing 40 and 63 hours of community service, respectively, and have been involved in many different kinds of charitable services.

Both have completed four projects in the “aftercare” stage of drug court, which means the stage of preparing to be their own again with no drug court supervision.

Graft’s projects included feeding the homeless on two separate occasions, serving dinner at the men’s shelter and helping with a drug court awareness project.

Graft said he plans to attend college and take over his father’s company.

Reid’s aftercare includes a 3-dimensional sculpturethat displays personality by depicting scenes such as desert, a broken bridge or a forest, feeding the homeless at Victory Baptist Church, an appreciation dinner for the men’s shelter and an appreciation dinner for the Shelby County Steering Committee for Christians United Against Drugs. He also participated in Commonwealth Cleanup Week projects.

After graduation, he plans to attend college to pursue an engineering degree.

Hickman said that drug court graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work that the participants have put in to reach this milestone.

“Graduations signify the positive impact that drug court has had on the lives of its participants, their families and our community,” he said. “On behalf of the entire drug court team, we congratulate our graduates and wish them continued success on their continued road of recovery.”