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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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Marshall County judge-executive Chyrill Miller has signed an executive order authorizing a special election after 3,366 residents signed a petition in support of legalizing alcohol sales in the county. That number meets the required 25 percent of voters in last year’s general election.

The referendum is now set to take place Tuesday, July 28.

Kentucky Lake Convention and Tourism Bureau

Marshall County tourism officials are using a branding initiative to revitalize the local tourism industry and lay claim to the “South’s Great Lake.”

Local government and business leaders consulted Steve Chandler of Nashville-based branding firm ChandlerThinks earlier this year

The Marshall County Fiscal Court has thrown its support behind an effort to rebrand the county, in order to aid  marketing and tourism.

Marshall County Tourist Commission Executive Director Randy Newcomb said two companies are being considered to conduct an exhaustive 10-month study.