Culwell asks Grow Trigg members to stay out of Blue Springs church dispute
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Grow Trigg President Ken Culwell encouraged members of the organization, which is trying to get prohibition in Trigg County repealed, to stay out of the dispute between Caldwell Blue Springs Baptist Church and members who signed the petition to bring the alcohol issue to a vote.

Culwell said during the meeting, which took place last Wednesday evening at the organization’s headquarters on Main Street in Cadiz, that the whole incident is “tragic.”

“It’s unfortunate that there’s that kind of going on,” Culwell said. “And if you all can carry that message out … that’s what I’d like you to do. It’s very, very unfortunate that in 2009, there are people doing that.”

The incident is referred to in one of last week’s letters to the editor, in which one resident said she and 21 others that signed the petition were approached by their pastor and asked to apologize and to ask for forgiveness before their fellow church members.

Grow Trigg Publicity Chair Linda Humbert said Grow Trigg is ready to work with county officials if the legal sale of alcohol is approved Tuesday, Sept. 29, the date of the special election.

Humbert said that even if Trigg County doesn’t go wet, Grow Trigg will remain active as a political watchdog group. Culwell said they will stay in business because Grow Trigg members want them too.

“We feel there are a number of people that hold … elected positions in the county that do not in fact have the economic good of the county at heart,” said Humbert. “And we’ll be keeping a close eye on them.”

Culwell and Humbert also discussed other issues, with Culwell responding to allegations that those pushing for the legal sale of alcohol are outsiders. Culwell said although he has been in the military for 30 years, with half of those years spent overseas, he wasn’t made to feel like an outsider until he came to Trigg County.

Culwell also said that plans for a get together at West Cadiz Park have been canceled, with Grow Trigg to continue working to get their message across concerning economic development in the county.

The Grow Trigg leader also announced that the group is now incorporated.

One last Grow Trigg meeting before the election will be held at the Grow Trigg headquarters will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, with one more meeting to be held after the election.

Prior to the meeting, Culwell was interviewed by News Channel 5 of Nashville about the alcohol referendum and the controversies surrounding it.
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