Sunday alcohol sales start in some Georgia cities

photo Javier Espitia, left, buys two packs of Coronita Extra from Jennifer Crisp, a cashier at Cox's Spirits, in Dalton, Ga. Staff File Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

ATLANTA - Retailers in several Georgia cities began ringing up beer, wine and liquor Sunday for the first time since voters in many communities statewide ended more than a century of banning alcohol sales on what many consider a day of worship.

"When you want it, you want it," said Foster Saunders, who picked up an $18 bottle of red wine a week earlier in Winder, where Sunday booze sales began Nov. 13. "I just feel like it's a basic right, a freedom, for somebody to be able to purchase something that's legal Monday through Saturday."