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Yet another liquor referendum in Pigeon Forge

12:01 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Pigeon Forge voters will decide whether to allow liquor by the drink -- the third such ballot question in a little over three years.

The Mountain Press reported the referendum will appear as part of the Nov. 6 general election ballot at city precincts.

Voters rejected restaurant liquor sales 590-482 in May 2011 and previously turned down the issue in 2009.

Proponents say the Smoky Mountains gateway city is bracketed by two others where restaurant patrons can order mixed drinks in Sevierville and Gatlinburg. They point out taxes on liquor sales could help boost revenues for the city and for its schools.

Church groups have appealed to voters in the past, warning of dangers of strong drink.

Pigeon Forge restaurants can sell beer and wine, but not liquor.

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