Mt. Juliet woman wants liquor stores in her community

A Mt. Juliet woman is circulating a petition to collect signatures in support of opening a liquor store in her community.

Currently, Mt. Juliet residents can buy beer in grocery stores. Wine and liquor are sold by the drink in local restaurants.

Sidney Payne told Nashville's News 2 it's not about the alcohol, but about tax dollars and improving the city's economy.

“No, I don't drink. This has nothing to do with do you drink or do you not drink. This has everything to do with keeping the revenue here in Mt. Juliet,” explained Payne.

Currently those who want to buy liquor have to drive to Lebanon or Hermitage to do so.

Opponents said they feel the city is flourishing without selling alcohol.

If Payne collects enough signatures, voters can vote on a referendum to allow liquor stores in Mt. Juliet. She needs 43 more by the middle of next week.

Petitions are at Andersons Amish Furniture, Revolution Barber & Style, A+ Storage and Fired Up in Providence Market Place.

The issue has been on the ballot before and failed.

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