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It’s one thing to enjoy a drink in your lounge, it’s a bit different to be forced into it. Residents in Thomastown, Georgia, are only now being given the chance to enjoy mixed drinks with their meals in restaurants. The ‘liquor by the drink’ ballot will be put to a referendum in November of this year, after the Country Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to allow the 9000 odd residents of the tiny town to vote on the issue.
Even though they’re well behind the times, support isn’t necessarily forthcoming. Reverend James Wall is against the idea, wondering out loud where the push is coming from, ‘Who brought this to you anyway? One or two people in the community? As it was noted at the town hall meeting, it was definite the people there were against bringing this back to a vote.’ And while the change is most likely motivated the by the economic necessities that drive restaurateurs, Wall isn’t ready to care, ‘I will do all I can to sway people to look at who their commissioners are and make them reconsider their votes. I’m not trying to threaten you guys, but I have a concern for our people in this community and I hope you do too.’
A dry town is certainly quaint and charming in the ‘oh, let’s observe this from afar’ way that these things tend to be, but the Reverend’s attempts at stifling this from being put to a fair vote of the towns citizens is a bit noxious. Luckily, cocktail drinkers have a friend in Commissioner Steve Hudson, who replied, ‘In the recent town hall meeting and the numerous comments I have heard show me we have a difference of opinion in this community about alcohol. I, nor anyone on this board, condones drinking. However, for 10 years I have heard from many citizens who question why we do not have liquor sales in Upson County.’