Coalition plans ‘blitz’

Coalition plans ‘blitz’

Weakley and Obion counties will soon be blitzed with billboards promoting the prevention of drug abuse.
At the May monthly meeting of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition Tuesday afternoon, coalition members decided to post their message on four billboards on Highway 51 in Troy, Highway 22 in Union City, Highway 45 in Martin and Highway 22 in Dresden.
This large-scale advertising is part of the coalition’s social awareness campaign.
“By blitzing the message, people will see the same one in both counties and will become familiar with it,” coalition member Josh Greer explained.
“The message can be changed out every six months,” he added.
Going hand in hand with the billboards, prom cards were distributed to local businesses affiliated with prom goers such as flower and formal wear stores.
In other business, the town hall meeting that was scheduled to take place on April 26 was rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the Humanities Auditorium on the UT-Martin Campus.
Cherry Hunt reported a good turnout for the alcohol-free party held Friday night at UT Martin. She estimated about 150 students from Weakley County and even more from Obion County. The coalition has applied for an underage drinking law grant and Development Coalition Grant, each carrying about $50,000 in funds.
On a similar note, the coalition will be sending out surveys on the website in an attempt to obtain information for future grants.
In announcements, the community meeting for Obion County will be at the Union City Housing Authority. A Neighborhood Watch initiative will be discussed.
Obion County Central and South Fulton High Schools held ghost days in which about 20 students dressed in black and pretended to be dead from alcohol-related events. At lunch, high school and middle school students signed leaves to go on the tree of life and pledged to remain drug free.
Plans are in the works for a prescription take back. This is an event that utilizes pharmacies and the police department to take prescriptions at drop-off locations. This helps keep access low for community youth.
The three-on-three tournament is also still in the planning stage and will be planned for later in the fall.
Teachers and other community members interested in receiving course summaries for different topics relating to the latest problems students face can access CADCA Television. The webinars can be accessed for free and includes such topics as dispelling drug myths and preventing prescription abuse. The webinar can be accessed by going to cadca.org and going to the multimedia menu.
The Coalition has a Facebook page in need of “likes” and a twitter account, WCpreventco, in need of followers.
The next meeting will take place at 1:15 on Aug. 16 at the Weakley County Board of Education.

wcp 5/5/11

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