Pikeville voters to decide liquor sales

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Voters in Pikeville are deciding for the second time in two years whether to allow liquor sales at restaurants and in package stores.

Voters defeated referendums on liquor-by-the-drink and package sales in Nov. 2010, but both lost by fewer than 20 votes.

Bledsoe County Administrator of Elections Lisa Wheeler told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the larger turnout for the Nov. 6 presidential election might mean a different outcome.

Wheeler said early voting has been "extremely busy." But she said voters are talking more about the presidential race than the liquor issue.

Other Sequatchie Valley cities have approved alcohol sales in recent years. In 2008, Dunlap and Kimball voters approved liquor by the drink. In Dunlap, residents also approved package store sales.

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