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Lawsuit challenges Pigeon Forge liquor referendum

8:02 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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A lawsuit may impact liquor by the drink in Pigeon Forge.

The referendum passed by 100 votes earlier this month.  The Sevier County Election Commission certified the results Monday.

Wednesday, a group called Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge filed a lawsuit to contest the liquor vote.  The complaint was filed in Sevier County Chancery Court against the Sevier County Election Commission.

Overall, the anti-liquor group wants a new vote on the referendum.

Three days after the election 10News heard complaints from Sevier County voters concerning the liquor referendum. 

In the lawsuit, CCCPF questions around 400 votes.  They believe 300 of those votes were made by non-Pigeon Forge residents.

The plaintiff said it is not about liquor, but the integrity of the vote.

"It's an obligation of everybody in Sevier County to protect the integrity of the vote and this is the way the law says we have to do that.  So, we have to go with it," said CCCPF member Charles Rhodes.

Meanwhile, liquor supporters believe the measure would pass either way.

"The previous two times we were defeated and we licked our wounds and went home and took it.  Now that we've been successful in winning, the other group sees fit to file a lawsuit," said Ken Maples, a member of Forging Ahead.

The election commission's attorney said he may file a response to the lawsuit next week.

The plaintiff wants a trial in less than 50 days.

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