Ray Welch | Middlesboro Daily News

The public is invited to be a part of the second roundtable meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The roundtable meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Christian Church on Cumberland Avenue. Pictured, from left, are LWV representative Susan Leo, Pineville Mayor Scott Madon, Bell County Jailer Gary Ferguson and Middlesboro Mayor Rick Nelson, who attended the first rountable meeting in March.

Second roundtable discussion scheduled

The public is invited and encouraged to be a part of the second roundtable meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The roundtable meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Christian Church on Cumberland Avenue.

This meeting will be focused on faith-based organizations and churches and what those groups are currently doing or what they can do to address the drug problem.

Groups that are expected to be in attendance are Lighthouse Missions from Pineville, Crater of Hope and Stand in the Gap.

The first roundtable meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters was held in March.

Middlesboro Mayor Rick Nelson, Pineville Mayor Scott Madon and Bell County Jailer Gary Ferguson were in attendance to lead the discussion and take questions from the audience of approximately 35 citizens.

The last meeting was a two-hour forum that discussed the drug abuse problems in the Bell County community.

Among the topics discussed were bringing a long-term rehabilitation center to Bell County, working to find employment opportunities for recovered addicts, and the creation of a county-wide position to tackle specific needs for the group.

The group is expected to expand the discussion and welcome new ideas on continuing the fight against drugs in Bell County.

This meeting is open and the community is encouraged to attend.