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TNT Recovery Ranch breaks ground on new addition

Ground was broken Thursday for the building of a new recovery facility at TNT Ranch in Harrison County. (Photo source: WLOX) Ground was broken Thursday for the building of a new recovery facility at TNT Ranch in Harrison County. (Photo source: WLOX)
Tony Stapleton founded the ranch ministry some 22 years ago. (Photo source: WLOX) Tony Stapleton founded the ranch ministry some 22 years ago. (Photo source: WLOX)
Keesler Federal Credit Union presented a $500 check to add to the building fund. (Photo source: WLOX) Keesler Federal Credit Union presented a $500 check to add to the building fund. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

"TNT Ranch" in Harrison County broke ground Thursday morning on a new residential treatment facility. For more than 20 years, that Christian-based ministry has been helping people who are battling addictions.

In a rural setting, with horses feeding near a pond and chickens roaming the yard, TNT Ranch offers a sanctuary for addicts seeking recovery from drugs or alcohol.

"A very special place, 'The Ranch.' You know there are a lot of people in this community that don't even know about this place," said Ted Hearn, as he welcomed people to the ceremony.

It may not be well known, but for 22 years plus, TNT Ranch has provided hope and healing for people battling addiction. Its founder, Tony Stapleton, opened this place following a family tragedy.

"My brother committed suicide and hung himself. And I asked the Lord, I says uh, just give me something to help make a difference in your people's lives," Stapleton told the crowd.

Two decades later, supporters gathered for a ground breaking on a new addition: A planned 5,000 square foot building will house 14 bedrooms and a cafeteria.

"People that are here are safe, they're away from alcohol and drugs, and the crowd that may have led them into a spiral they needed to get out of," said supporter Greg Stewart.

Sidney Smith knows the demons of addiction all too well.

"Used drugs for about 27 years, and spent a lot of time in the penitentiary," he said.

But he also knows about finding recovery and redemption.

"Christ. He's everything. He's the only answer. And he changed everything and turned everything around for me," said Smith, who's had a job for two years and carries a 3.86 GPA at the junior college.

Keesler Federal Credit Union presented a $500 check to add to the building fund.

Tony Stapleton has faith the funds that are needed, will follow.

"We'll carry this as far as we can carry it. As long at God says, keep going, we'll keep going," he said.

Again, the project cost $150,000. "The Ranch" is hoping for funding support, or a donation of materials to help the project succeed.

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