Motion To Allow Sunday Beer Sales Fails

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A motion to allow beer sales on Sunday in Cannon County (by stores operating outside Woodbury and Auburntown) failed during the monthly meeting of the Cannon County Commission Tuesday night at the courthouse.

The county commissioners also took the following actions at Tuesday meeting:

• Adobted a resolution to rescind a previously passed resolution to have a referendum to increase the local option sales tax in Cannon County. The matter may be addressed again at the commission's June meeting, if commissioners decide to place a referendum on the ballot for the Aug. 2 County General Election.

• Adopted a resolution to amend the county's personnel policy to discontinue offering health insurance to Cannon County Government retires. The county stopped offering post-employment benefits two years ago but the commission had not made it official policy.

• Adopted a resolution to establish an Archives and Records Management fee of $5. The fee will apply to documents filed in all county offices creating public records, including but not limited to the County Clerk, the County Trustee, the Sheriff, the County Assessor, the County Executive and the County Legislative Body (but not including the Register of Deeds and Clerks of Courts).

• Adopted a resolution to increase the Litigation Taxes in General Sessions Court in Cannon County from $12 to $15.

See next week's Cannon Courier print edition for additional coverage of Tuesday's meeting.

In other county government business Tuesday, the Cannon County Industrial Development Board was unable to hold a meeting due to the lack of a quorum.

This Thursday, meetings of the Cannon County Budget Committee and the Cannon County Audit Committee are scheduled at the courthouse. The Budget Committee will begin the process of reviewing the proposed budget for the 2012-2012 fiscal year.
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May 09, 2012 at 6:07am
Sunday ban:
I suppose if llya was plying her trade in the county they would ban that on a Sunday also.

Nothing as hypocritical as the old blue laws if this vote was tinged by that tradition.
May 09, 2012 at 6:33am
That all right not to allow beer sales on Sunday in the county Manchester starts selling at 12 noon on Sunday and Murfreesboro starts at 10 a.m we don't need the tax money
May 09, 2012 at 8:33am
I would prefer county revenue from tax on Sunday beer sales rather than a NEW fee on just about everything paperwork. The beer tax wouldn't affect most of us, but the other sure will.
May 09, 2012 at 8:59am
Just in time to support my previous comments about not having any patience and time not being a luxury we have to waste anymore the Industrial Development Board fails to have a meeting because of a lack of a quorum.

Since this group has decided this is not something they feel is important enough to show up to and try to figure out how to help Cannon County what is the process of creating a board with people on it who will show up and and put some effort into the idea of creating and enticing industry to locate here?

At some point the excuses have to stop and action has to begin or the few hundred tax dollars we won't get on Sunday beer sales isn't going to be the only tax dollars we aren't getting.
May 09, 2012 at 12:02pm
I might also add that if you need a drink that bad on Sunday and you are afraid you are going to run out then I suggest you buy more on Saturday and then all those tax dollars everyone is worried about losing because you can't buy it on Sunday will still go toward Cannon County.

I completely understand the Archives fee. The law requires us to hold certain documents for years. It is a part of the society we live in. We have to be able to put those documents somewhere and it is going to cost the taxpayer regardless. It makes more sense to collect it on the front end instead of through property taxes.

The litigation fee is simple. Don't get into trouble and you can avoid paying the tax.
May 09, 2012 at 1:09pm
Well stated Corey.
May 09, 2012 at 4:52pm
Beer is sold every other day of the week in Cannon County so why should Sunday be any different? If a person want it bad enough, they going to find a way to get.
May 09, 2012 at 5:27pm
Denver it is because the majority of the people in Cannon County don't want it sold on Sunday. They can't stop it the other six days of the week or they probably would.

That is why it is called a democracy.

Right or wrong. Whether you think it is a moral issue or not, the people of this community don't want it. Just like they don't want liquor to be sold either. The majority rules in most cases and this is no different.

As I stated before, buy extra on Saturday and you don't have to worry about it. Just don't drink and drive and be responsible to the people around you that is all I ask.
May 09, 2012 at 6:16pm
According to a pole on this website about Sunday beer sales the majority of people on that pole want beer to be sold on Sunday. Personally, I don't waste my money on any kind of alcohol but if somebody else want to let them do it 7 days a week if they want. More tax money for the county.
May 10, 2012 at 6:18am
I don't think the poll represented the majority of voters, I think the poll represented the majority of people who drink.

I hope you know I am not trying to argue with you, I am just pointing out the reasons why it is doubtful there will ever be Sunday beer sales.

Tennessee is in the heart of the Bible belt and Cannon County is the Buckle of that belt.

Always has been, probably always will be.
May 23, 2012 at 7:56am
So your thinking is, if I don't agree with the results of a poll, the results were biased in some way. Is that right?
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