4-22-2004 GOVERNOR APPOINTS METH TASK FORCE MEMBERS   printer  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
APRIL 22, 2004 


GOVERNOR APPOINTS METH TASK FORCE MEMBERS

NASHVILLE Governor Phil Bredesen today named 20 Tennesseans from across the state to serve on the Governors Task Force on Methamphetamine Abuse.

Members of the Task Force represent a broad cross-section of expertise, including law enforcement, health care, education and human services. The panel also includes 12 ex-officio members who will provide general advice and counsel to the core group.

The proliferation of meth represents a clear and present danger to the health and well being of our children and our general population, Bredesen said. Im grateful these qualified Tennesseans have agreed to serve and bring their knowledge and experience to bear.

The Task Forces first meeting is scheduled for April 27 at the State Capitol in Nashville. Subsequent meetings will be held in communities across the state.

The Task Force, established by executive order on April 7, is charged with developing a comprehensive strategy for addressing the manufacture, trafficking and abuse of methamphetamine in Tennessee. Task Force recommendations are due to the Governor no later than September 1.

Methamphetamine, a powerfully addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system, is produced in clandestine laboratories across Tennessee with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. The drug has been on the rise in recent years. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that Tennessee now accounts for 75% of meth lab seizures in the Southeast.

Members of the Governors Task Force on Methamphetamine Abuse include:
 
Ken Givens, Chair
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Rogersville

Charlotte Burks
State Senator
15th Senate District
Monterey

Charlie Curtiss
State Representative
43rd House District
Sparta
Melvin Bond
Sheriff
Haywood County
Brownsville

David Brown
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
Chattanooga

Steve Cope
Mayor
City of Tullahoma
Tullahoma

David Griswold
Interim Director
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Nashville

Ed Hansberry
Pharmacist
Walgreens
Nashville

John Henderson
District Public Defender
21st Judicial District
Franklin

Leighta Laitinen
Community Outreach and
Government Relations Manager
Mountain States Health Alliance
Johnson City

Augusta Mayo
Assistant Principal
Hamilton Middle School
Memphis

Roger Overholt
Chief of Police
City of Morristown
Morristown

Lillie Ann Sells
Criminal Court Judge
13th Judicial District
Cookeville

Sullivan Smith
Emergency Medical Director
Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Cookeville

Russ Spray
CEO
Southern Tennessee Medical Center
Winchester

Bob Swafford
Sheriff
Bledsoe County
Pikeville

Tommy Thompson
District Attorney General
15th Judicial District
Hartsville

James Washam
Chief of Police
City of Kingston
Kingston

Johnnie Wheeler
Commissioner
Putnam County
Cookeville

Doug Wilson
Pharmacist
Rite Aid
Rockwood

EX-OFFICIO

Randy McNally
State Senator
5th Senate District
Oak Ridge

Les Winningham
State Representative
38th House District
Hartsville

Ginna Betts
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Memphis

Betsy Child
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Knoxville

Paula Flowers
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Nashville

Gus Hargett
Adjutant General
Tennessee Department of Military
Nashville

Gina Lodge
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Nashville

Viola Miller
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Childrens Services
Nashville

Fred Phillips
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Safety
Johnson City

Kenneth Robinson
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Health
Memphis

Lana Seivers
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Education
Clinton

Harry Sommers
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Nashville
 


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