IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A years-long effort has paid off for Charles Aldridge.
He has the signatures to put the alcohol issue on the ballot.
"It ain't like you can't get a drink. It's all around us. Tishomingo County has made Alabama rich for years. Why let our tax dollars go there? Keep them here," Aldridge said.
"I think it should be made legal because people who want to consume alcohol will go to other counties across the line and purchase alcohol and the tax revenue goes to that county," Tishomingo County resident Dianne Harris said.
That point of view fails to convince opposition who were present at a Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors meeting to watch the presentation of signatures and the setting of an election date.
"Alcohol has taken the lives of some of my family and I totally am against it-will always be against it," Bobby Cobb said.
"We've got a strong family-based community and we're gonna keep it that way. We're gonna defeat this," Pastor Tony Curtis said.
Dave Pugh hopes for passage.
He and his wife closed their Italian restaurant several years ago.
They say the economy had something to do with that, but the biggest issue they faced was not being able to sell alcohol.
"It's just not available here and that's kind of sad that it's so backwards. It's time for Iuka to bring some money into this county, I think that would help this place," Pugh said.
Pastor Curtis says churches of all denominations will join forces to defeat the issue.