Southern KY Chamber votes in favor of signing petition to sell alcohol in Corbin

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

People who live in Corbin have various opinions about selling packaged liquor in their town. Executive Director Bruce Carpenter of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce confirmed that during a meeting last week, the board approved signing a petition to make that happen.

The chamber of commerce voted in favor of signing a petition to legalize the sale of packaged liquor in Corbin.

If the vote is passed, grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses would be able to sell beer, wine and other packaged liquors, but before they get to that point they have a couple of hoops to jump though.

First, the petition must be signed by enough people living in the city limits, then it would be put on the ballot. Some who live in the area say they think it would be a good thing.

“At your home or whatever I think it is your personal opinion on whether you want to drink or not. i would definitely like to see this county wet,” said Megan Simpson who lives in Corbin.

Simpson said she believes people are going to get it elsewhere anyway and she believes tax should stay within the area.

“It would be a good thing and would bring in a lot of money I think to Corbin and I think we could use it,” said James Damron. Damron also agreed that he and his friends all have to drive to Richmond or Jellico to purchase packaged liquor and he would prefer the money generated to stay in the local economy.

“In my opinion is that they should have it in this area because all the people are taking their money to Richmond, Jellico, wherever,” said Brian Howard, who also lives in the area.

One person said that he was definitely for the sales, and thinks a single potential problem would be putting some illegal entrepreneurs out of business.

“The only problem is that it would be that it could put boot leggers out of business but I mean times are hard and I think the selling of packaged liquors would be an accomplishment for the town,” said C.J. McVey who works and lives in Corbin.

Other people who were questioned shared their opinions against the sales of packaged liquors but did not wish to give an official statement.

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