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Ripley to vote on alcohol

Reported by: Susan Parker

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/23/2013 5:12 pm
RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Sandra Compton left her previous town for a reason.

"If it feels good do it."

She and her family left south Mississippi to a place where alcohol was not available-Ripley.

That could change.

A stack of petitions has secured a referendum set for August 13.

Close to 800 of the city's 38-hundred registered voters paved the way for the vote which will be on the sale of liquor, beer and light wine.

They are the latest in what appears to be ripple effect in northeast Mississippi.

New Albany is the first to take advantage of a new law which enables municipalities to take this issue to a vote. They can only hold such an election where the county as a whole has rejected alcohol. They must gather signatures of 20 percent of the registered voters.

Corinth voted in liquor the same way.

The issue was placed on the ballot in a different way in Tishomingo County and it passed.

Mississippi may be considered one of the most conservative states in the nation, but are they conservative on every issue?

"I think everybody has become less conservative about a lot of issue and drinking is one of them," Deena McAlister said.

"Times are hard and taxes seem to go up, up and up. It will bring in sales tax," Paula Hampton said.

"I think that the tax dollars that it brings in that you have to put out to help the people that get so hooked on the alcohol. It's just not worth it," Sandra Compton said.

"If they're going to drink it, they're gonna go get it and it puts them in a lot of danger," James Franklin said.

Alcohol is available for sale in areas within twenty minutes of Ripley, including New Albany and Middleton, Tennessee.
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