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Pineville voters will decide whether to allow packaged alcohol sales

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

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Voters will decide next month if the city of Pineville should allow packaged liquor sales.
The city of Pineville is already a "moist" city, allowing alcohol sales in restaurants.
The city will have a special election on June 26th to decide of there should be packaged liquor sales as well.

Around 100 signatures were collected on the petition for the election in Pineville.

Those who started the petition were unavailable to talk on Monday, but told WYMT in January they believe packaged alcohol sales would give a boost to the local economy.

However, the Judge-Executive says if this passed, this certain petition would also allow other businesses.

"They could be awarded a nightclub license, and the city really couldn't do much about that," said Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive.

Brock says this specific petition would not give local control on establishments to the city of Pineville and instead, state control would apply.

"Pineville really is a quaint town and this particular KRS is more geared to bigger, urban areas that can absorb a nightclub district," said Brock.

Supporters say allowing packaged liquor sales in stores would prevent people from driving to Tennessee and Virginia to buy it and keep tax dollars at home.

City of Pineville leaders are neither supporting nor opposing the measure and instead will do whatever the voters decide.

"If that's something they feel they want, then they should be the ones that decide that. They're the ones that live here and will live with what it brings. There's pros and cons, as far as the city itself, I feel like we should remain neutral and let the people decide," said Mayor Sherwin Rader.

Although Pineville voters approved going moist several years ago, officials say currently, no restaurants sell alcohol.


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