Dickson draws drug-free safety zones around its schools

Dickson draws drug-free safety zones around its schools

by: David Barkholz

Look for signs to start going up around Dickson schools warning criminals of stiffer penalties for the sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia within 1,000 feet of a school.

The Dickson County Schools Board voted in September to establish drug-free safety zones around schools. And the Dickson City Council followed on this month with its authorization to create the zones around all schools in the City of Dickson.

Tennessee law provides for tougher penalties for peddling drugs around schools. Dickson Police Chief Jeff Lewis said the punishments depend on the crimes.

The Dickson School Board and school administration are developing a plan for marking the drug-free safety zones, according to a Dickson City Council resolution that passed unanimously this month.

The drug-free zones will extend to 1,000 feet beyond school property with signs clearly marking the zones.

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