Tishomingo County alcohol opponents get two-year head start

Tishomingo StockBy Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

IUKA – The coalition that led opposition to a countywide referendum in May that resulted in Tishomingo County becoming wet for alcohol, beer and light wine has already launched efforts for a new election on the alcohol issue in two years.

Ads appeared in this week’s Tishomingo County News notifying county residents that petitions are already available at churches throughout the county and from members of the Citizens Coalition for a Dry County.

“Everything’s looking very good,” said Pastor Tony Curtis, spokesman for the coalition. “We have about 15 members in our coalition – pastors, business people and others in the community – who have been laying the groundwork for the past three months. We’ve distributed petitions to about 60 to 70 churches already.”

A new vote on alcohol sales is possible in two years under state law, while a vote on beer and light wine is possible after five years, said Circuit Clerk Donna Dill.

Like Charles “Tubby” Aldridge, who spent three years accumulating the signatures that forced the vote in May, the coalition of opposing groups has decided to use the time available to gather signatures necessary to bring the issue up again.

“We need 1,500 signatures, or 20 percent of voters, whichever is less, and I kind of think we’ll have 3,000 or better the way it looks,” Curtis said. “Over the next 20 months we’ll be laying the groundwork for the vote on alcohol, and we’ve had reports that several petitions were filled already.”

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com