Two Scott County towns differ on similar liquor proposals

12:22 AM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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Two Scott County towns had very different opinions on whether liquor should be legal in their communities following Tuesday's general election.

Huntsville residents voted down both liquor by the drink and package sales in their town. While Winfield residents, 15 miles to the north, approved both liquor by the drink and package sales in their town.

More Information: Other East Tennessee Liquor Vote Results 

Winfield resident Estle Owens said he voted for the initiative because his town could benefit from the tax revenue.

"It will bring tax money in here that this little town really needs," he said.

McCreary County, Kentucky, which does not allow alcohol sales of any kind, sits just to the north of Winfield. One McCreary County resident told 10News he expects more of his friends to travel to Winfield in order to take advantage of its new law.

"[By having] alcohol sales and liquor sales, it [revenue] will double up," said McCreary County resident Allen Whaley.

But, Huntsville residents like Kevin Terry, disagree about liquor sales. Terry, who is also pastor of First Baptist Church of Huntsville, said he does not believe liquor would bring his town a lot of extra revenue.

"Usually, the things that are promised tend not to come to pass exactly like they say," he said.

Terry also said his stance against liquor in Huntsville is a moral one.

"I hope that it was a concern for neighbors," he said. "Many of whom in our community are struggling with addictions."

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