Package liquor passes, Patrick re-elected

TONY STINNETT Courier Sports Editor

You will soon be able to buy liquor in retail package stores in Woodbury.

Citizens voted to permit the sale of liquor in retail package stores in Woodbury during the 2012 General Election by a slim 80-vote margin Tuesday. The referendum passed 407-327.

Voters were not as favorable when it came to increasing their taxes as the sales tax referendum failed by an overwhelming 68 percent of the vote. Of the 4,560 votes cast, 3,122 were against.

Woodbury incumbent Mayor Harold Patrick ran unopposed and collected 99 percent of the 628 votes cast. There were four votes for write-in candidates. All incumbents also claimed the six available seats for alderman.

Charlie Harrell received 510 votes and will serve as vice-mayor. Also returning are Dotty Duggin (500), Lois Larimer (450), Adam Melton (443), Faye Knox (474) and JoAnn Davis (401).

Auburntown incumbent Mayor Roger Turney ran unapposed and was re-elected with 77 of the 78 votes cast at the Auburntown precinct. Aldermen Rita Davis, Winfred Gaither and Tina Fletcher were elected to city council.

Cannon Countians voted predominately Republican in the races for state and national elections. More than 60 percent of the 5,077 voters preferred Gov. Mitt Romney in the Presidential race. Romney received 3,308 votes in Cannon County, as opposed to 1,560 (31 percent) for Barack Obama.

Bob Corker, R, received 3,189 (70 percent) of the votes for the U.S. Senate. Mark E. Clayton, D, picked up 1,088 votes.

Diane Black, R, was a runaway winner for the U.S. House 6th District seat with 3,094 votes, and Mark Pody, R, was unopposed and earned 3,173 votes.