Singer Jeff Bates speaks at JCJC

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - County Singer Jeff Bates spoke to Jones County Drug Court about his battle with addiction at Jones County Junior College Thursday.

"Just to give people hope and inspiration. Hey, there is a better way and God is defiantly a big part of that, and changing our thinking."

Bates has been sharing his story of drug addiction and redemption during performances for 10 years.

"I've been clean and sober now for 10 years. Meth was my drug of choice. I've personally seen what it can do to homes and families," Bates said.

Bates has more than seven billboard chart topping singles, three country music albums and an award winning album.

Bates will perform Friday and Saturday night at the High Noon Lounge in Waynesboro.

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