Group pushing for liquor stores in Loudon County

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Lenoir City, Loudon, and Tellico Village already have liquor by the drink, but now there's a group called Citizens for a Better Loudon County pushing for another type of liquor sales.

It's a direct mail campaign aimed at putting a referendum on the November ballot that would allow sales of packaged liquor in Loudon County and Lenoir City.

Homeowner Van Shaver says, "Liquor stores are second behind convenience stores for robberies and murders of employees. So, they're not a great thing to have in the midst of your community"

Petition organizer Ed Bell says, "We're seeing that we need taxes to stay at home. It's not that we're advocating the drinking of alcohol in any manner."

The mail-out campaign began Wednesday and already Bell says he has more than 1,000 returned cards in favor of putting the referendum on the November ballot.

A similar effort failed at the ballot box in 2006.

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  • by layla Location: LC on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    WOW!! Did we grow up while I wasnt looking????????? Hey Loudon county may actually make money from this.. Get with the program!!!!!!! People will drive to Knox if they want liquor, you will not stop drinking......... make the money in your own county. you are only hurting yourselves.
  • by lisa Location: lenoir city on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    You know. what is the big deal??/ People will but liquor anyway- let your county make money off of it...... You are ridiculous....... Especially considering those I know that are SUPPOSSED CHRISTIANS taht drink. I could name names ut I wont. you know who you are............................................................................................................
  • by Doug Location: Loudon on Sep 19, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    Put a liquor store in the new Food Lion store being built at 444 and highway 72.


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