Monroe County will soon see Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot. Currently, the unincorporated areas of the county aren't allowed to sell packaged alcohol on Sundays.
Chairman James Vaughn of the Monroe County Commission says, Commissioner Joe Proctor brought the issue to the table at the last meeting. The commission voted to pass it on to the voters.
Residents of High Falls, like Carol Davison, would like to see the law pass, "To be able to pick up a beer while we're here would be great and not have to go to Jackson." Buck Creek Market is the only grocery store in the area. "Business is tough as it is, and all the counties around us are approving it one by one," says Sue Hake, manager, Buck Creek Market.
Now, Monroe County may soon be one of them. 'Sunday Packaged Sales of Alcohol' will likely make it to the county wide ballot by July.
"The board decided to put it to the voters, and see what their wishes were," says Chairman Vaughn.
Hake says she fears she'll continue to lose business on Sundays. Residents of High Falls are traveling to surrounding counties where they can grab their alcohol and their groceries.
High Falls restaurant owner, Greg Sweat, is on the fence when it comes to this law. "The one day that residents have after church that they could feel safe would be Sunday... on the other side of the coin, if they're going somewhere else to get it, why not bring that revenue to Monroe County."
Hake says, as the only grocery store in the area, "We do have more to offer but we believe we do have more to lose if we don't have it."
Whatever the voters decide, she knows this law will make a big impact on her business.
The Monroe County Administrator and the Monroe County Attorney are working to get the law on the July ballot. It was already to late to put it on the March ballot.