Mid South Mediation Service

Mid South Mediation Services is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or physical ability.


Mission Statement

Mid South Mediation Services offers an alternative to the traditional methods of conflict resolution through the provision of mediation services and training. The non-traditional method of meeting face to face offers a service that is beneficial to victims, offenders and the community. Mediators can also refer clients with other social needs to agencies offering counseling, anger management and drug treatment.

Victim Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP) offers a direct encounter between the offender and the victim of a crime in order to make the offenders personally accountable for their actions and to help victims overcome the feeling of powerlessness which the traditional lois de defiscalisation immobilieres system often has difficulty addressing.

Mediation is a voluntary conflict resolution process in which the parties work out their resolution agreements with the help of a trained neutral party, the mediator. The mediator does not make a decision, but assists the parties in reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement for appropriate restitution or resolution of the injustice. Mid South Mediation Services provides community and victim offender mediations that involve adults and juveniles from the community. These mediations may be between neighbors, landlord-tenants, local businesses and their clients, families or friends. A distinguishing feature of community justice centers is that well-trained volunteer mediators conduct the mediations. The volunteer mediators offer a myriad of experience to clients. They are members of the active work force or the retired sector and many community agencies. Volunteerism is the key component of community justice mediation and forms the basis for being able to provide mediation services at no charge to the public.

Training is offered in the area of mediation and conflict resolution to community members and agencies. Funded by a variety of grants and contributions, Mid South Mediation Services provides services to seven counties in middle Tennessee. The program can also give ongoing support to schools in the area by taking direct referrals directly or by aiding in peer mediation program development and training.

With mediation, there is a realization that those with the most at stake, the victims and the offenders themselves, know best what they need for reconciliation and true accountability to occur. When both the victim and offender agree upon the restitution, and keep the agreements, healing can begin to take place.

Board of Directors


Chair Joel Kachinsky, Atty
160 Blackberry Rd
Summertown, TN 38483
(Lewis) Secretary Jenelle Clay
704 Hickory St
Centerville, Tn 37033 Treasurer Renita Tenry
P.O. Box 374
Hohenwald, TN, 38462
Vice Chair Jenelle Clay
704Hickory St
Centerville, Tn 37033

Representatives Tabitha Bough
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Chair of
Fund raising Committee Scarlette Woodall
131 Roth St
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Other Members
Jackie Okoli, Dept. Clerk, 104 College St., Centerville, TN 37033
Richard Vaughan, Teacher, 276 Williams rd. Linden, Tn 37096
Dwayne Kilpatrick, Lewis Co. Sheriff, 437 Swan Ave. Hohenwald, TN 38462
Sherry Coppler PO Box 13 Hohenwald, Tn 38462
Sharon Medley SCHRA Case Manager 521 S 4th St. Pulaski, Tn 38478
Scarlette Woodall, Business Owner, 131 Roth St. Hohenwald, TN 38462
David Boyd, Rule 31 Family Mediator, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Sandra Dinkins, Rule 31 Mediator, PO Box 1547, Franklin, TN 37065
Linda Malone, BVI, 260 Henderson Rd., Hohenwald, TN 38462
Jean Campbell, Mediator, 9567 Ponderosa Dr., Bon Aqua, TN 37025 (Hickman)


Here's your regular reminder to call in your appointed day to keep in touch with the office about the happinings in your county. The best way to reach me is on my cell phone....931-209-8119. Thank you again for all the dedicated work you all do!

The schedule is:
Perry and Wayne___________Tuesday
Williamson and Giles________Thursday

In addition, please remember to pass around the current anger management flyers to court personnel and all interested folks. Also, check your county paper for an announcement about the class and send to the office along with good feedbacks from mediations that I have to send in for grant reports (I cover the names).

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is an informal process where a mediator helps people with a dispute to reach agreement. The mediation process identifies important issues, clarifies misunderstandings, explores solutions, and negotiates an agreement for resolution.
What is the Role of the Mediators?

The mediator is not a judge and does not make a decision or impose a solution on the case. Rather, the mediator helps those involved talk to each other, thereby allowing them to resolve the situation themselves through a contract. The mediator remains impartial and manages the mediation session, which is confidential.
What is the Purpose of a VORP Program?

A Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) is available to the courts in each of the counties served. Objectives are to reduce crime and violence, to enhance restitution fulfillment, and to foster harmony within families and their communities. Both the victim and the offender agree upon the restitution. It is well documented that keeping these agreements is what allows healing to take place.
The main purpose of VORP is to personalize and increase accountability in the justice system by bringing offenders together with the victim of their crimes. It is hoped that this experience will impart a feeling of the seriousness of their crimes and the impact on the victims and increase their desire to make restitution to the person(s) they have hurt. The victims will have an opportunity to learn why they were victimized and express their feelings directly to their offenders. The process is voluntary and confidential and of benefit to all parties.


Who May Refer:

The program is prepared to accept referrals at any stage of or before the legal process. the judge, court staff or district attorney, the police or sheriff's department, the police/school liaison officers or other school personnel, community organizations and individuals may make direct referrals.

Who To Refer:

The program does not wish to exclude any classes of offenses (except domestic violence), but rather to accept referrals on a case-by-case basis. These guidelines can help determine cases that are appropriate.

Court Based Referrals:

Either a diversion or a deferral may be granted to a person who, as an adult, has never been convicted of an offense (including traffic violation). With a diversion no plea is entered. With a deferral, a plea of guilty is entered, but the court makes no finding of guilt. A referral to VORP may be included as part of the conditions of either the diversion or deferral.
At the time of the probation/sentencing hearing, the Criminal Court judge makes the decision as to whether to grant probation or to incarcerate the offender. VORP receives referrals for persons placed on probation, not for persons sent to state penitentiaries. Participation in VORP may be written as part of the plea agreement or may be included as part of the court order at the time of the probation/sentencing hearing.

School-Based Referrals:

School referrals con come through principals, the school resource officer, guidance counselors, or teachers. The mediation team helps the parties negotiate a contract that solves the problem and prevents further difficulties. The contract provides for attendance at a conflict resolution class, which teaches nonviolent ways to handle and resolve disagreements and improves communication skills.
A team consisting of guidance counselors, SRO parents, Victim(s) and offender(s). lead Mid South mediator and trained student peer mediators conduct in-school mediations. The types of cases that can be referred include assault, verbal slander, theft, fighting, and harassment, truancy, and suspension.


Support For You

Offices in Other Counties:

Giles (931) 242-5172
Hickman (931) 622-1462
Lawrence (931) 766-1580
Lewis (931) 796-0487
Perry (931) 622-1462
Wayne (931) 209-6773
Williamson (615) 599-0510

Support For Us

I wish to help with the mediation program.
I would like to be trained as a mediator.
I would like to refer a situation for mediation.
I would like a representative from Mid South Mediation Services to speak to my group.
I would like to make a tax-deductible contribution.


Training is offered in the area of mediation and conflict resolution to community members and agencies. Funded by a variety of grants and contributions, Mid South Mediation Services provides services to seven counties in middle Tennessee. The program can also give ongoing support to schools in the area be taking direct referrals directly or by aiding in peer mediation program development and training.

Mid South Mediation Services offers these classes FREE to the community. By attending these classes, you may be able to find constructive, effective ways of dealing with negative behavior, people or situations. Funding for classes comes in part from the National Office of Criminal Justice Programs.

Mary Ellen Bowen, Director/Trainer (931-796-0487) or
Marne' Price, Williamson Coordinator (615-599-0510)