Putnam County, Tennessee, is located in the Upper Cumberland Plateau region of the state. The county has a total land area of 403 square miles and contains the growing city of Cookeville and three small towns, Baxter, Monterey, and Algood. The county is very accessible as Interstate 40, which runs east and west, and State Route 111, which runs North and South, intersect the county.
What is Power of Putnam?
Power of Putnam (POP) is a coalition of educators and other community leaders who are concerned about the issue of substance abuse in Putnam County. POP seeks to unite the community in the development and implementation of strategies to prevent and lessen the progression of substance abuse, particularly underage drinking. We seek to support the efforts of other community agencies and fill the gap in services to address the problem.
Uniting for a Drug-Free Community
POP is a coalition that brings together community members concerned about the issue of substance abuse to work together in the development of strategies and in finding ways of implementing those strategies into the community. We help support other programs and other efforts and try to find ways within the already existing community agencies to fill gaps in services. It is our hope that all members of the community who have a concern about this will become a part of this effort. POP is a member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee. The primary support for the current activities of POP is a prevention grant that came through those organizations.
Where Does Power of Putnam Get Its Funding?
Power of Putnam is supported by prevention grants from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. These grants include funds from a block grant to address underage tobacco use and underage alcohol use, the Partnership for Success grant to prevent prescription misuse, and drug free community support program from SAMSHA to prevent underage drinking and prevent underage tobacco use and marijuana use.
A community that is united and empowered in its efforts to support the development of emotionally, socially, and economically health individuals and families in a safe and drug free community.
To unite the diverse elements of Putnam County in a united substance abuse prevention effort designed to empower individuals, strengthen families and build character and resiliency, resulting in drug free children and youth.
- To prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including under-age drinking, in Putnam County.
- To reduce substance-related problems in Putnam County.
- To build an infrastructure for prevention activities and the capacity for building personal assets in children and youth at the community level.