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More East Texans making it a wetter East Texas

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY (KLTV) - The tap has been flowing since last May in Winona, and voters there paved the way for the citizens of Rusk to go wet.  Jacksonville residents are also jumping on the booze bandwagon.

"I think at this point, you're possibly looking at bunch of wet cities in a dry county," said John Whitsell, mayor of the Troup.

Whitsell said Troup voters will weigh in on three petitions: the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption, the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption, and the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders.

Mike Peterson, interim city manager for the city of Whitehouse, said going wet may be a way to stimulate the local economies.

"All of these little cities see that this is a potential source of [tax] revenue," said Peterson.

After Winona went wet, Whitehouse residents began questioning city officials about the mechanics of a wet/dry election.  Last week, an application was filed, and at least two petition are awaiting notification from the city before being filed.

Friday afternoon, Doris Crockett typed a notification letter to be sent to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Texas Secretary of State's office.

Crockett is Bullard's city secretary.  She said two petitions have been issued to legalize alcohol sales in restaurants and for off-site use in Bullard.  If enough signatures come back--166 to be exact--the issue will go to the voters in November.

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