Tishomingo communities prepare for alcohol sales

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

Seven beer license applications and none for liquor had been received from Tishomingo County by Tuesday, according to the state Department of Revenue.
However, application information is confidential and the names of applicants and which towns they’re located in could not be released, said spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury.
Since liquor permits and inventory purchases are governed by the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board, communities are governed by the state regulations unless they adopt separate rules, which must be approved by the ABC board.
During the week after Tishomingo County voted to come out from under the state dry laws and go wet for beer, light wine and liquor, several convenience stores in Iuka said they would be applying to sell beer, including the corporate-owned Shell gas station and locally owned BP gas station.
The county board passed a beer and light wine ordinance June 4 that governs “transportation, storage, sale, distribution, possession, receipt and transfer” of the alcoholic beverages.
Some highlights of the ordinance include: no sales on Sunday; on-premise and off-premise sales permitted 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; no drive-in sales; no billboard advertising; signs only on the structure where the beverage is sold; no sales within 400 feet of a church, school or funeral home in a residential area or within 100 feet of a church, school or funeral home in a commercial area; open containers prohibited on public property. The full text of the ordinance was published in the June 6 Tishomingo County News.
Municipalities also must approve ordinances governing the sale of beer and light wine, and in recent weeks several Tishomingo County cities and towns have done so: Tishomingo, Belmont, Burnsville and most recently Iuka. The city ordinances generally follow the pattern of the county ordinance, except that Burnsville will permit the sale of beer on Sunday.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com