HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Could alcohol sales be coming to Houston?
It is seen as another way to generate additional money currently going to other areas.
Houston is looking to join a growing list of cities where alcohol sales are allowed.
Several restaurants in Houston have petitions which customers can sign. One petition is for the sale of wine and liquor. The other is to allow the sale of beer.
This effort was started by a group of local business people called "Houston Forward."
According to the Mississippi Department of Revenue, Okolona is the only wet city in the otherwise dry county.
Chickasaw County is among many north Mississippi dry counties. However, much like Okolona, many feature wet cities.
Many residents are on board to sign both petitions.
"We need it. There's no point in going to West Point, Pontotoc, Okolona, when we can have it right here," one resident said. "I'm going to sign it. If I could sign it more than one time I would."
"Because people in the town have to go elsewhere to find alcohol, Houston itself is losing thousands of dollars," said Sean Johnson with the Chickasaw Development Foundation.
Johnson says his efforts with the petition are solely personal and are not the efforts of the Foundation.
If enough people sign the petitions, the measure could be put to a public vote.