Proposed liquor shop hits snag

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Woodbury's second liquor store hit a snag Tuesday (May 7) with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen tabling a decision on Jana Reigle's application.

Mrs. Reigle hopes to open the store at 115 S. McCrary St. Members of nearby West High Street Church of Christ hope to block her appli-cation.

A survey done by Doyle Elkins of Elkins Surveying of Murfreesboro for Mrs. Reigle indicates the distance from the front door of the proposed liquor store to the front door of the Church of Christ is 316 feet.

The church also com-missioned a survey, which was performed by Huddle-ston-Steele Engineering of Murfreesboro that measures the distance as 263 feet.

Woodbury's city ordinance disallows the sale of alcoholic beverages within 300 feet from a church, school or place of public gathering.

The difference in the two measurements depends on which door of the proposed liquor store counts as the actual front door.

Mayor Harold Patrick will consult with MTAS representative Dana Dean for a ruling which can be considered at the board's June 4 meeting.

In other business, the Board of Aldermen approved plans for a May 19 parade and event in honor of wounded Cannon County soldier, Sgt. Franz Walkup, who has returned to Woodbury for a visit prior to resumption of his treatment of woods that occurred in Afghanistan.

Aldermen OK'd on final reading annexation of two plots of land on John Bragg Highway next to the Arts Center of Cannon County.

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May 17, 2013 at 3:25pm
Does Woodbury really need two liquor stores less than a mile apart?
James Adkins
May 18, 2013 at 6:07am
Two stores less than a mile apart is not a bad thing.

We have four fast food restaurants less than a mile apart, three grocery stores less than a mile apart, three or four gas stations less than a mile apart, three auto part stores less than a mile apart, three sit down restaurants less than a mile apart and the list goes on and on.

I am not promoting the idea of buying beer or liquor, but I am also not promoting the idea of buying cigarettes or chew tobacco that we walk by in the grocery store every day either which kills thousands of people each year also.

The citizens had the ability to defeat the sales of liquor in Cannon County and chose not to. Now that it is here we can't get mad at the the horse because he got out when we are the ones who left the door open on the barn.

Any new business brings in tax dollars for both the city and the county, it employs workers and for some it provides a service.

The question is not do we need two stores less than a mile apart. The question is will it be 263 or 316 feet apart?
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