Lafayette supes won’t stop new group home

OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors concluded Monday they have no authority over a proposed group home for recovering addicts after several neighbors expressed concerns about it.

Dr. Tom Fowlkes operates a residential facility where people addicted to prescription drugs undergo 30 to 60 days of inpatient treatment. As part of the recovery process, Fowlkes has several group homes around Oxford where recovering addicts live while following up with outpatient treatment.

He has bought Angel Ranch, a now-defunct home for girls from troubled homes, in the rural Pine Flat community south of Oxford and is outfitting it to be another group home.

Supervisor Mike Roberts told Fowlkes, “I hope the community embraces you.”