TCAA members predicted that the alcohol referendum will be voted down by a margin of three-to-one if there is a large voter turnout, or by a margin of two to one if there is less turnout.
“We’ll have a rally at the complex, and maybe, the next time we get together will be in celebration, as prohibition still stands in Trigg County,” TCAA Chairman Bob McIntosh said. “Come Sept. 29, this will be behind us.”
TCAA Publicity Chairman Ronnie Sadler said that the $50,000 he thinks will be spent on the election, on all sides, could have been used to have two representatives from the county travel around the world and sell the county to outside businesses and industries.
Sadler had said at a previous TCAA meeting that last year’s election cost the county roughly $27,000.
TCAA Ways and Means Chairman Clarence Thomas said he disagreed with Linda Humbert of Grow Trigg, the group wanting to end prohibition in the county. She said in last week’s interview in The Cadiz Record that the anti-alcohol group doesn’t have a plan for the county.
“We have a plan. It’s called work. And I’ve got news for [Grow Trigg]. I know a lot of us have been working our whole lives right here in Trigg County … we’ve been working our whole lives.”
Thomas also said that the organization is helping solve the problems of alcohol by working to keep it illegal in the county.
Carl Hagan, a youth leader with the Little River Baptist Association, had a petition he wanted youth from grades 6–12 to sign, asking their parents to vote ‘no’ on the alcohol referendum on their behalf. However, he also doesn’t want anyone to sign the petition if it angers their parents.
Hagan also compared alcohol to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.
“I don’t think we’ve gotten [swine flu] in Trigg County yet, but it’s in some of the surrounding counties and some of the surrounding states,” Hagan said. “If people want the H1N1 virus and want to drive to another county to get it … that’s their choice, they can do that.
“But I don’t want them to say, ‘Hey, you with the H1N1 virus, just bring it in here to Trigg County,’” Hagan said.
TCAA member Lester Watson said that when he took a trip recently out west, he noted that he traveled through many small communities that allowed alcohol, and said, “every one of those little towns that had [alcohol] was just a little kind of dirty, sad little place.”
Aside from the rally, to be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Trigg County Recreation Complex community center, there will be no more TCAA meetings before the election.