Sam Pettyjohn's Daycare

Savannah Honeycutt, the full-time employee for ABC Child Care Center, keeps the children occupied during a play session on July 13 at the center in the Tree Streets.

Inside his home on the Tree Streets, Sam Pettyjohn laments the arduous process he’s gone through to try and secure a license for the child care center he operates inside his house.

Between sips of his coffee, Pettyjohn recounts a long journey that began two years ago after his children’s day care center at East Tennessee State University closed indefinitely in the early weeks of the pandemic. Nearby in another room, Pettyjohn’s only full-time employee is busy taking care of the children who are just starting their day.

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