Voters reject alcohol sales

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Voters in Barbourville reject alcohol sales.

The unofficial tally has the proposal being defeated by 97 votes 566 no to 469 yes.

There are 40 absentee ballots which have not been counted in the tally.


The first of several wet-dry elections in eastern Kentucky is taking place in Barbourville.

Voters in Barbourville are deciding whether to approve alcohol sales in stores and restaurants.

WYMT’s Paige Quiggins witnessed many people at the polls on Tuesday.

She spoke with people who are both for and against alcohol sales in Barbourville.

People of all ages have continued to come into the National Guard Armory in Barbourville to cast their votes on making the city wet.

Both sides defend their opinion for the future generations and the economic impact.

“I voted no, you see our, we got kids out here we are from North Main Community Church and they are saying vote no so we support a no vote because it's our children, their future. It's just not the best for our community,” Nathan Jones said.

"Go wet it used to be wet a long time ago and they voted it out. It's got revenue coming in and it's jobs,” Charlie W. Centers said.

The ballot reads "Are you in favor of alcohol sales in Barbourville, Kentucky?"

The polls will close at 6 pm today and Knox County Clerk Mike Corey said it is possible the results could be in by 6:30 and we will have more then.

Several other towns in the region are planning wet-dry votes in the upcoming weeks.

That includes Corbin, where next Tuesday voters will decide whether to add package liquor, beer and wine sales.

Currently, the city of Corbin only serves alcohol by the drink in larger restaurants.

A similar vote in London is less than one month away.

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