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Around 400 of the needed 650 signatures have been collected in Mayfield for a city-wide alcohol sales referendum. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 signatures have been collected toward a referendum for all of Graves County.

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As a heavy rain came down over Marshall County Tuesday evening, citizens were at the polls voting to make the county wet, allowing packaged and by-the-drink alcohol sales.

The county clerk confirmed shortly after 7 p.m. all 25 precincts had reported totals. The measure for the county to go wet narrowly passed 6,431 votes to 6,229 - a difference of 202 votes.

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With about 6 weeks before deadline, the Marshall County Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has around 60 percent of the signatures it needs to put alcohol sales to a vote.

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A new effort to put alcohol sales on the local ballot has begun in Crittenden County, over a year and half after a previous pro-alcohol campaign failed.

The GrowMarion campaign launched its website this week to begin raising support for the initiative. 

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A federal appeals court is set to consider the validity of a ruling striking down Kentucky's seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for November 19 in Cincinnati in an appeal brought by the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Department.

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Quarterly profits from alcohol sales in Murray are going up as the city continues to fill the number of package stores the state permits.

Murray Police Sergeant Kendra Clere says the city’s 8 percent sales tax on alcohol has brought in almost $193,000 since January.

Clere told the City Council yesterday that DUIs and alcoholic intoxication charges have also risen, but says she expects those numbers with more officers working DUI calls.

Tennessee lawmakers are poised to decide this week whether a proposal to allow supermarket wine sales moves ahead.  The bill to overhaul the current system preventing shoppers from buying wine alongside groceries faces votes in both House and Senate committees this week.

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Oct 19, 2012

Alcohol Beverage Control inspectors are evaluating locations in Murray that have applied for alcohol licenses. City ABC Administrator Sergeant Kendra Clere says the 30-day window for licenses closed last week. State quotas limit Murray to eight package liquor stores and seven taverns.

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A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky’'s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

The Princeton City Council holds the second reading of its proposed alcohol ordinance tonight. City residents voted in August to go wet. The proposed measure allows businesses to sell alcohol from 7 a.m. to midnight, except on Sunday. Liquor stores may not be located within 1,000 feet of a school or within 200 feet of a church.

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