Family Connection combating underage drinking

Saginaw’s Family Connection will be helping to combat underage drinking March 29 during a town hall meeting aimed at cutting down on the national problem.

The town hall meeting will begin at noon at Family Connection’s facility off Shelby County 26, and will feature Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb as its keynote speaker.

The event will be moderated by NBC 13 news anchor Andrea Lindenberg, and will feature a panel composed of Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry, County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller, District Attorney Robby Owens, Juvenile Court Judge Jim Kramer, Alcohol Beverage Control Agent Robert Gautney and therapist Adriane Ireland.

Bradford Health Services, Chilton-Shelby Mental Health, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition and the Alabama Department of Public Health will set up informational booths at the event.

“The panelists will be discussing the specific trends that they see with underage drinking in Shelby County,” said Family Connection Project Coordinator Carol Williams. “The panelists will also discuss ideas that the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition can follow through on to decrease underage drinking in Shelby County.”

During the meeting, parents, teachers and other community members will be able to voice their concerns about underage drinking and suggest ways to prevent it.

The free event will be open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend, Williams said.