Court clerks to recognize Alzheimer’s awareness

Kathy Jones-Terry, right, Hamblen County Clerk & Master, stands with other staff members for Purple Out 2019. The court clerk’s office is celebrating Purple Out again this year in order to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other related dementia.

More than 200 Court Clerks across Tennessee will be in purple this week to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day.

“Purple Out Tennessee” starts Wednesday and state court clerk offices, along with businesses, schools and individuals will be participating, according to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that helps with support and education.

Kathy Jones-Terry, Hamblen County Clerk & Master, said her office will be participating for its sixth year.

“Everyone is affected in some way, either directly or indirectly,” Jones-Terry said.

Jones-Terry said besides being a way to show awareness, it is also a week to try and get donations for Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Because of COVID-19, fundraising is a little different this year.

She said they will be selling purple socks at the Clerk & Master’s Office for $8 a pair.

“You can still come to our window and buy socks,” she said.

All the money will be donated to Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Lee proclaimed Monday as Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Awareness Day.

Wednesday is “People’s Choice FUNraiser” where the court clerks will choose a way to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s.

On Thursday, it will be “Sock Out Alzheimer’s Day” and many will be wearing purple socks to raise awareness.

Friday will be “Wear Purple Day” and everyone is asked to wear purple during #PurpleOutTN.

To donate, people can visit Alzheimer Tennessee’s website at or it’s Facebook page.

All the money raised stays in Tennessee and helps for support and education programs.