Off-premises alcohol retailers to get free training

The Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team is providing a free training opportunity for off-premise alcohol retailers on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The training will cover a broad range of topics to assist retailers in responsible practices to reduce underage alcohol sales. In addition, information on the effectiveness of reducing retail access by creating an effective store policy will be discussed.

In addition to the training, the team will provide free employee educational tools including a training DVD, workbook and ID coder, valued at $250. Electronic alcohol and tobacco calendars, valued at $200, will be supplied to the first 10 retailers who register and attend the training.

The training will be held at the Blount County Library, Dorothy Herron room, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and snacks will be provided for participants.

A professional trainer from TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service will conduct the training. This event is for off-premise alcohol retailers only.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team is one of seven action teams in the Blount County Community Health Initiative. The retailer training is funded through the Drug Free Communities (DFC) federal grant, which was awarded to the team through its fiscal agent, Blount Memorial Hospital.

For more information on the retailer training or substance abuse prevention efforts, call Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach project manager Jessica Stith at 865-977-5745.

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