State OKs Sunday liquor sales in Tupelo

TUPELO – The state Tax Commission approved Sunday liquor and wine sales for Tupelo, but it won’t take effect until January at the earliest.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, tax commissioners voted on Tupelo’s request to allow liquor sales in restaurants from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, said commission spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury.
“But they did not sign an order,” she said, “and it is not official until an order is signed and entered into record.”
Although the commission meets again today to handle tax matters, it’s not scheduled to discuss alcohol-related business again until Jan. 5. Waterbury said that’s likely when commissioners will sign the order.
“I’ve seen some of them where they draft an order and have it ready the same day and then sometimes they don’t,” Waterbury said. “It’s not rare.”
The City Council voted last month to petition the state agency for Sunday liquor sales after deciding earlier to allow Sunday beer and light wine sales.
Beer and light wine currently are available seven days a week and every day except Sunday for liquor.
With the commission’s decision Tuesday, Tupelo will become the third major north Mississippi city to get the green light for Sunday alcohol sales this year. The other two are Columbus and Starkville, both of which were approved in September.
Tupelo’s Sunday beer and light wine sales began in October.
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