Two residents of the Holly Springs community spoke out Monday night at the Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting about a request for an alcohol license for Our Store.
Action on the request for the license for Our Store, located at 5241 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, was tabled until the Oct. 10 meeting. The applicant asked that it be postponed until the full BOC was present.
At Monday’s meeting, commissioner Bruce Yates was not present. With only four commissioners, there was the possibility of a tie vote. County attorney Jane Range pointed out that tie would be the same as a denial.
Speaking out against the request was Sonny Cheatham, who said selling beer and wine at the store would change the community.
“We need a convenience store in our community,” Cheatham said. “We would welcome the new owners. What we have trouble with is the selling of package beer and wine in our community. If beer and wine were permitted in our area, it would take our community in a whole new direction. We need to think about our youth. Where spirits are sold, youth congregate. Mischief seems to follow places that sell this. We need to look out for community. There are a whole lot of us who think this doesn’t belong in our community.”
For the full story, see the Sept. 21 issue of The Jackson Herald.
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