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Alcohol backlash
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones
Managing Editor

Last month’s action by the Crockett City Council that would allow the sales and consumption of alcholic beverages at the Crockett Civic Center and Porth Agriculture Arena attracted the attention of some of Crockett’s clergy and other citizens who are opposed to the city’s newest alcohol ordinance. Nine citizens, including four local ministers, approached the Crockett City Council during its Aug. 2 meeting and asked that the council reconsider last month’s action. The Rev. Kenny Dickinson, pastor of First Baptist Church, said he was speaking for himself, not on behalf of his church. He said one of the features he liked about the city when he moved here was that it was “dry” at that time, and he asked that the council reconsider last month’s vote. Pam Rains, on behalf of the Volunteer Council of the Crockett State School, also asked the council to reconsider the alcohol ordinance. Rains explained that, last year, some of the students at the school earned privileges that allowed them to work at the concession stand for Piney Wood Fine Arts Association events at the Civic Center. The money earned went to projects to help the students, but if the ordinance stands and alcohol is served at the Civic Center, then the students will no longer be able to work at the concession stand for PWFAA. Other speakers said they will no longer volunteer their services at the Porth Ag Arena and one said he will no longer be a PWFAA season ticket holder if alcohol is served at the Civic Center.

 

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