Alcohol proponent faces harassment charges

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

IUKA – The man who led the petition drive to bring an alcohol election in Tishomingo County faces a July 2 hearing on charges of telephone harassment.
A warrant was served on Charles “Tubby” Aldridge of Iuka on May 31, and he turned himself in after Pastor Tony Curtis of Fifth Street Baptist Church filed the affidavit in Justice Court.
Aldridge posted a $300 cash bond and the case is set for 9 a.m. July 2. If Aldridge is found guilty, the maximum fine is $750.
Aldridge said he made many calls to Curtis’ homes but never received a call back. He said he wanted to discuss public statements leading up to the alcohol referendum, which passed, that Aldridge said were false.
Curtis declined to discuss the complaint, saying only that his entire focus throughout the campaign was on keeping Tishomingo a dry county, with nothing personal involved.
Curtis emphasized again that the Citizens Coalition for a Dry County remains intact and is focused on what it can now that the election results are final.
“We are studying the situation – Mississippi law and county law – and have some things in the works,” Curtis said. “We expect to have some announcements in the near future, things we can legally do. On that front we are optimistic.”

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com