Liquor Issue on Chester Co. Ballot; Some Residents Unhappy

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HENDERSON, Tenn. – For the first time in over 30 years residents in Henderson will vote on a package store referendum. Wednesday, Tonya Patterson presented enough verified signatures to the Chester County Election Commission. “I’ve had heart patients call and say we are supposed to drink one glass of wine a day but we have to go all the way to Jackson to buy it,” said Tonya Edwards. A city official estimates that if passed, Henderson would get $70,000 a year in taxes from liquor sales at three stores. Not everyone in Henderson thinks selling alcohol in the city is a good idea. “Drunkenness is condemned in the Bible and so therefore we need to stay away from anything that could cause our young people or any other people around here to be tempted to do the things they should not,” said Dr. Earl Edwards from Freed-Hardeman University. Patterson is confident that residents will vote in favor of the liquor stores. On November 6, Henderson residents will vote for president, on a wheel tax referendum and the package store referendum.

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