| March 27, 2007 -
Prom season is just around the corner! In our on-going effort to keep
students safe and substance free, the Knoxville Police Department
is hosting Prom Challenge, Thursday, April 5, 2007. In its sixth year,
this event promises to be the best yet.
Have a Ball, Not Alcohol
5 from 6 - 9 PM
West High School Gym
The Prom Challenge is offered free of charge to all area high school
students and guests. The focus of this event is to educate area youth
in a fun and inviting atmosphere about the dangers of underage drinking
and driving under the influence. Our keynote speaker is Blake McMeans.
In 1994 he was a world-class tennis player at UT. Blake has a powerful
message our teens will take to heart. In addition, the event features
the Metropolitan Drug Coalition's Prevention Theater in "Menace,"
a mini-driving course using golf carts and Fatal Vision goggles, a
field sobriety test, as well as information from emergency medical
We also offer positive, fun activities with local bands and the "Wheel
of Misfortune" game. Our area's own Jarron Vosburg (appearing
in "Cory in the House" and "Zoey 101") will be
Master of Ceremonies. Students win door prizes, including gift certificates
for meals, hairstyles, manicures, tuxedos and other prom related items.
Free T-shirts and Buddy's bar-b-q to the first 250 students.
As a community, we cannot do enough to promote safe, responsible actions
to our teenagers. What a great community effort is going into this
event! Sponsors and partners include the City of Knoxville, KPD, Governor's
Highway Safety Office, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, AAA of
East Tennessee, Metropolitan Drug Commission, student support from
SADD and PRIDE, and donations from community merchants. Please join
If you have any questions please contact Janice Gangwer, Training
Specialist, Safety Education Unit Knoxville Police Department 865-215-8624.