Grow Trigg seeks alcohol sales in county
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ken and Jan Culwell of Grow Trigg met with a group of about 40 residents of Trigg County at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park lodge on the evening of Wednesday, May 6, to discuss the group, whose goal is to end alcohol prohibition in the county in order to help initiate economic growth.

Ken Cullwell said the group, which was originally called the Committee for Economic Growth of Trigg County, has become very public, and consists of local business men and women.

Ken Culwell said neighboring towns and cities such as Kuttawa in Lyon County and Murray and Calloway County have benefited from repealing prohibition, and went on to say that both areas large increases in new businesses after allowing the sale of alcohol in limited locations.

“Trigg County citizens need jobs,” Ken Culwell said. “By repealing prohibition, we can bring in new restaurants, new resorts and hotels to increase tourism … our No. 1 industry.”

Jan Culwell said that more driving under the influence citations are issued, and more traffic accidents involving alcohol happen, in dry counties than in wet counties, and added that prohibition isn’t stopping anyone from drinking.

Members of the group have been going door to door to get 1,800 signatures on a petition, which would allow for wet/dry vote in the county. Culwell said they hope to have a vote as soon as September, however the county and city would then have to pass ordinances allowing alcohol sales.

Ken Culwell said the group had already received more than 200 signatures on its petition since about mid-April, before it went public, and also said they hope to have enough signatures by about July 1, but they will want them by the middle of June, because the signatures will need to be verified.

It was said at the meeting that of the some 10,000 registered voters in the county, about 6,600 voted in the 2008 election, and the group needs one-fourth that number to bring the measure to a county-wide vote, although any of the 10,000 plus registered voters can sign the petition.

One woman in the audience said she knew a few business owners that would vote to end prohibition in the county, but wouldn’t public support such a measure out of a fear of being “black balled.”

Ken Culwell said he had hoped for an “open and friendly discussion,” and lamented that no one from “the opposition” was present to make that happen.

Linda Humbert, the group’s webmaster, said the website includes information from the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control as well as a downloadable petition. The petition should also be available at Skipper’s Marine, Prizer Point Marina, Scot Markets and The Store on Fish Island.

The name must be printed, and putting nicknames, P.O. Boxes or incorrect addresses, or not putting in either a birth date or a Social Security number will make petition signatures invalid, as will a lack of legibility.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park lodge.
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