By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – With the vote in Corinth set for a week from today to approve or not allow the legal sale of liquor and wine, opponents met Monday to marshal their forces and their talking points to defeat the measure. Beer sales are legal in Corinth.
Led by organizers of the group known as United Drys, about 100 people met at Oakland Baptist Church to receive encouragement to work strenously during the next week on behalf of their position.
Though county residents are unable to vote in the election, they are urged to talk with their friends and relatives who are registered voters in the city and ask that they vote against legalizing liquor sales, said Terry Smith, youth minister at Foote Street Church of Christ and president of United Drys.
The opposition group is composed largely of churches.
However, several public officials gave brief talks to Monday’s gathering, giving their perspectives about how enacting a law to allow legal liquor sales will impact Corinth and Alcorn County.
Police Chief David Lancaster and Sheriff Charles Rinehart both noted the increased call volume to their departments if sale of liquor is legalized in Corinth, with both departments being understaffed and no budget increases to handle the additional work load.
State Rep. Nicholas Bain said he had voted against allowing an alcohol election for Corinth and Alcorn County in the state Legislature on four different occasions in the last legislative session, and he remains opposed to legalization of liquor and wine sales.
To be most effective with the short time frame for their opposition campaign, United Drys will use radio and newspaper advertising, flyers, word-of-mouth efforts by their participants, a door-knocking campaign Saturday and a Monday-to-Tuesday prayer vigil to support their efforts.
Smith asked for at least 50 volunteers for the door-knocking effort to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the parking lot beside KFC on U.S. 72 to give greater visibility to their project.
He also asked groups to organize prayer vigils from 6 a.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday to pray for their success.