published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Fort Oglethorpe puts Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot


by Andy Johns

Fort Oglethorpe City Council members voted 3-2 Monday night to put Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot in November.

“That’s an emotional issue and the citizens are just going to have to choose,” said Mayor Lynn Long.

Georgia now is among just three states that ban Sunday alcohol sales in stores.

The citywide vote is made possible by a law passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

Northwest Georgia House members, who often vote together on issues, split on the bill — four in support and four against.

Lawmakers from Whitfield and Catoosa County said the border counties are losing money to Tennessee because residents can drive a few miles north to buy beer on Sundays.

In Tennessee grocery stores sell beer on Sunday, but wine and liquor are sold only in liquor stores, which are closed on Sunday. In Georgia, beer and wine are sold in grocery stores.

The alcohol vote will join two council races and the mayor’s race on the ballot in Fort Oglethorpe in November.

Read tomorrow’s Times Free Press for more coverage.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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XGSBoss said...

Come on Fort O, don't stop the massive progress we have made towards a vibrant, robust economy now! Good to great things are happening, and joining the 21st century on this issue will only help shake the musty cobwebs of the past out further.

May 10, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
cc333 said...

Bout time,one of only 3 states in US w/ this ridiculous state law. Why should religion dictate what folks choose to do/not to do,esp in US?!...This will help all of Georgia: jobs,tax revenue et al.

Of course the churches will get political & get out the vote(which by the way is illegal...If churches paid at least Some prop. taxes it would help our all of our local economies).

May 10, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
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