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Tishomingo County is going wet

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/22/2013 7:42 pm
IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- The decision has been made on both Tishomingo County referendums.

Both have passed in favor of liquor and beer and wine.

The results after the affidavit ballot count shows the liquor referendum was 3,267 for and 3,225 against.

Beer and light wine is 3,259 for and 3,186 against.

"I think it's good for the roads and the schools and for progress in the county.  I think the county will grow and be something that we could be.  I think it's gonna attract business in the area.  I think this is a good thing," resident Dolen Nunley said.

"I went to working on it.  I started getting the petitions three years ago.  It took me three years and fourteen days to get the last signature.  Now, it's official," resident Charles Aldridge said.

It's been a long afternoon for election commissioners. 

They have been examining each of the 69 affidavit ballots.

Sixteen ballots have been rejected.

Close to 53-percent of the county's more than 12,000 registered voters turned out.

Around 6,500 ballots were cast.

It was split right down the middle.

The margin of difference was small for both referendums.

Residents were asked to vote for or against coming out from under a dry county to allow sale of liquor.

Reverend Tony Curtis says they will work to pursue restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

"I would like to thank everybody who voted against it and also all the churches that sacrificed and worked so hard to stand against the sin and the suffering of alcohol," Curtis said.

As for those in favor of this, there were a lot of horns blowing and yelling and a lot of people really excited about this tax revenue coming in.
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