Huntsville voters split about liquor proposals on ballot

Huntsville voters split about liquor proposals on ballot

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Voters are mixed on support for the liquor initiatives. Voters are mixed on support for the liquor initiatives.
"I'm tee-totaling against it, any way, form or fashion," said Huntsville Mayoral Candidate Charles "Buster" Sexton. "I'm tee-totaling against it, any way, form or fashion," said Huntsville Mayoral Candidate Charles "Buster" Sexton.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - People in Scott County are divided about whether or not to legalize liquor by the drink and package stores.

Many voters in Huntsville said they will vote against it, even though it's already legal to sell beer within city limits.

"I will not vote for it, because we have got enough problems in this county with alcohol and drugs and I will not vote for it," said Leo Strunk.

One of those voters is a candidate for mayor. He said Huntsville doesn't need either one.

"Beer, liquor, ain't nothing but dope, that's what it is and I'm tee-totaling against it, any way, form or fashion. I'll probably lose some votes over it," said Huntsville Mayoral Candidate Charles "Buster" Sexton.

Some Huntsville churches are also openly campaigning against liquor by the drink and package stores in their town, displaying their message on their billboards.

There are some people who have said they will vote for liquor by the drink and package stores in the city, in part, because it could bring in extra revenues.

"Any little thing helps. I'd say it would help quite a bit. We need anything we can get here. Things are pretty tight here, there ain't any jobs here. Anything would help," said liquor by the drink supporter Mark Sexton.

Supporters said it would also save people from driving to and from the nearest liquor store, which is more than 12 miles away.

"They're going to get it one way or another, why not have it here?" added Mark Sexton.

6 News reached out to the current mayor, George W. Potter, for comment, but he declined.

Several other towns have liquor by the drink or package store issues on the ballot, including Oliver Springs (package stores), Etowah (liquor by the drink), Madisonville (liquor by the drink), Winfield (both), Pigeon Forge (liquor by the drink), Rogersville (both), Mt. Carmel (liquor by the drink), and Church Hill (liquor by the drink).

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