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The Tennessean: Free one-on-one financial counseling solves lots of money problems

When Gary Mitchell heard about the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center's free one-on-one financial counseling service, he was skeptical.

"It sounded too good to be true," said Mitchell, who at the time was mired in more than $100,000-worth of medical and other debt and had just about given up hope for every crawling out from under his blanket of bills.

"I was in so far over my head that I felt like there was nothing I could do - that I would just be in debt the rest of my life," said Mitchell, who, after a year in the program, is now happily debt free. "This whole process has been amazing. I went in and they evaluated me and my situation, asked a lot of questions and I answered them honestly.''

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