Whitesburg Will Vote On Restaurant Only Alcohol Sales

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

It's an issue across eastern Kentucky and opinions are not hard to come by.

Tuesday one community will decide whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol.

Twenty other cities throughout Kentucky have decided to allow restaurants to serve alcohol.

Residents of Whitesburg will head to the polls Tuesday to decide if they will allow restaurants there to serve liquor by the drink.

“I'm voting wet! It'll be good for jobs,” Vickie Collins said.

Even some who don't even drink think their community needs to vote yes to bring money into the area.

“I don't drink. I think it's ridiculous the people of Letcher County have to go elsewhere to by alcohol. That tax money could be coming right into our own county,” David Shepherd said.

Pastor Tony Brown at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg says he's of course morally opposed to drinking alcohol, but he alcohol won't be a simple solution.

“I think our economic problems go far deeper than alcohol. I don't think alcohol is the answer,” Pastor Brown said.

Brown says alcohol will only bring problems. He says he's seen firsthand how alcohol can take over people's lives.

“I've visited the jails and spoken with drunk drivers who've killed people,” Pastor Brown said.

Brown and others who've spoken out against allowing alcohol in worry about people drinking and then taking to the road.

“They're going to run out of the county to buy their alcohol and they usually drink it on their way home so that's just more drunk driving,” Charles Goad said.

Whitesburg's Mayor supports allowing alcohol to be served and he urges everyone, no matter what they think, to come out and vote on Tuesday.

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