It’s a War: Turning The Tide on East Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis

Thursday, March 10, 2016

TruckBeat has been asking for audience stories and questions about health in East Tennessee. 

When possible, we investigate to turn those questions into stories. And sometimes we ask you to vote for questions you think deserve a closer look.

In our most recent video story, we investigated this listener question:

Our search for answers took us to Roane County.


The mostly rural county, about 45-minutes west of downtown Knoxville, has launched a new drug treatment court. It's part of a larger trend that's transforming justice for many drug addicts across East Tennessee.


Producer and Director Jess Mador

Editor and Cinematographer Phil Batta

Music Supervisor Sam Keenan

Music by: 

Kai Engel: 



This ​video is produced by​ Jess Mador and brought to you by WUOT and Finding America, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated, and with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Jess Mador

Jess Mador is the creator of TruckBeat for WUOT. She's an award-winning public radio and multimedia journalist who has produced stories for news organizations around the country, including Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News and PBS member stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phil Batta

Phil Batta is an award-winning cinematographer and director who specializes in creating short-form documentaries and visually rich multiplatform media for social impact. His work appears on PBS, The New Yorker, UK Channel 4, ITN, The Guardian, ABC7, CNN and ITVS. He's also shot and edited projects honored as official selections at international film festivals and exhibitions. Batta is currently directing two documentaries exploring youth social justice and gender equality. 

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