Corbin voters say "Yes" to packaged alcohol sales

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Voters in Corbin have spoken, and a majority of voters said "Yes" to packaged alcohol sales.

Right now only restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol in Corbin. This vote will allow convenience stores and liquor stores to also sell alcohol.

The final tally was 887 "Yes" votes and 789 "No" votes.

"I'm disappointed. I'm very disappointed. I think we are going to have more problems than people realize," said Pastor Shannon T. Hall.

But, others think this vote means change for the better in their community.

"To me this is sending a message that yes we need to make money, we need to change things, we need to grow. It is time for us to start getting larger businesses in here," said Mario Franicio Cima, Treasurer of Citizens for Economic Development.

He says to him this vote was not about alcohol, it was about driving the community forward.

"It is time to grow. Cities around us are growing right now and we are stalemate," said Cima.

But, for Pastor Shannon Hall the economic benefits do not outweigh other issues that he says come with the sell of alcohol.

"I see problems coming. I don't want to see problems, but alcohol is the number one substance and when you got that it's gonna cause problems," said Hall.

Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz says voter turnout in the Whitley County part of Corbin was almost 33 percent.

Just one week ago, voters in Barbourville went the other direction, opting to stay dry.

Several other towns or counties will have wet-dry votes in the next couple of months.

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