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Faith-heritage town approves liquor sales

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Story by Gordon Boyd
Eyewitness News Reporter

COLLEGEDALE, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - Dining out in Collegedale gives you a choice of several mom and pops restaurants.

Gena Cissom believes a shot of liquor will add to the mix.

"I'm not a drinker," she says. "But the way Collegedale's building up, you'd get places like Logan's, places like those restaurants that'll be good for them."

"I still like the fact that it's a few blocks away," says Doug Frood, Associate Vice President for Budget & Finance at nearby Southern Adventist University.

Frood doubts that the coming Volkswagen auto assembly plant is the driving force behind legalizing liquor by the drink.

"But the land nearby, that's gonna be high--prime territory."

Southern Adventist freshman Ethan Roach says he understands the peer pressure and commercial interests that push liquor consumption and sales. 

"If they're looking to bring in more business, I think it's a good idea," he says. "As long as people are responsible with it."

Fellow freshman Breanna Yoder disputes claims that sales could create more jobs for Adventist students.

"I don't even know whether they'd (college administrators) let us work in a place that sells alcohol like that," she says.

Frood says the Adventist denomination and the university certainly make their positions on liquor clear.

"But the city's moving your way whether you like it or not."

City Commissioners still must promulgate rules governing liquor sales.  City Attorney Sam Elliott tells Eyewitness News an ordinance could be drafted at the next Commission meeting, November 15.  It could be voted on in December.

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