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Beer sales near in Tishomingo County

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 6/13/2013 10:25 pm
DENNIS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Last month, alcohol cleared a major hurdle in Tishomingo County.

Now comes the next step for the sale of beer, light wine, and alcohol. 

It remains to be seen where beer will be available.

Lanny Virden is definitely in favor of beer and alcohol sales. He had plans to open a liquor store, but he says it's not worth the hassle. 

"There's been a lot of problems with it. There's been municipalities to say no. They don't want it here. They do want it here. The supervisors are getting heck. But, the bottom line is the people of Tishomingo County voted it in," Virden said.

One Tishomingo convenience store will soon stock beer on the shelves, and employee Melinda Clark says the subject is a popular one.

"Everybody has been asking when we're gonna sell beer and we will between July first and the end of July," Clark said.

So far, seven permits for the sale of beer and light wine have been applied for from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

No one has applied for a permit to sale liquor.

Cost may be a factor. It costs $1,800 to sell liquor a year. The permit for on-premise sales is even higher.

Combine that with the possibility of another election in two years and there may be some who are hesitant to invest.

"I'm not for it because I've seen so many things through my years and so many bad things come from alcohol," Jerry Moss said.

"I feel okay about it. People are gonna drink regardless of whether or not it was dry," Tammy Cavness said.

"Our youth and all it's just gonna expose them to a lot of stuff that I don't think they need to be exposed to," Darrell Hutcheson said.

"I think it needed to be voted in simply because you have so many people that go across the Alabama line, Tennessee line and county lines to get their alcohol," Ella Duckworth said.

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