Nearly 120 people turned out for the meeting of what was dubbed Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol. At the meeting, Rocky Ridge Baptist Church Pastor Bob McIntosh was elected the group’s chairman.
Brock and others in the group stand in opposition to the group calling themselves Grow Trigg, which is headed by Ken Culwell and wants to end prohibition in order to bring more money into the county.
Brock said, legal alcohol sales won’t bring as much money into the county as Grow Trigg members seem to think, and that most of the money would theoretically come from sales tax.
“It won’t be the economic boom they (Grow Trigg) think it will be,” Brock said.
Brock was elected the vice chairman and said that it is important that the group get the word out about their side of the alcohol issue in the county. Shari Littlejohn was elected the secretary, Debbie Rust was chosen as the treasurer. A publicity committee and a ways and means committee were also formed.
Brock talked about the need to be Christ-like and asked members to refrain from name-calling and arguing.
A “large majority” of people in the county oppose the sale of alcohol in the county, as evidenced by the fact that efforts to end prohibition have failed thus far, said Brock, who added that the group formerly known as Citizens for a Family Based Environment began meeting last summer to oppose the sale of alcohol at Arrowhead Golf Club.
Brock also said that many people have come up to him personally to tell them that they came to the area precisely because it is a quiet, peaceful, community where the sale of alcohol is prohibited. One woman at the meeting said that was why she moved into the area.
With legal alcohol sales in the county, more people will start drinking, which will lead to more instances of drunk driving and other crimes, according to Brock. However, he said he recognizes that wet county Christian County, and particularly Gracey, are a source of alcohol consumption in this county.
“It’s bad enough we have to deal with that,” Brock said.
Although Culwell and others argue that the lack of legal alcohol keeps major restaurants from moving into the county, Brock said he has heard that many of those same restaurants won’t move into an area with less than 50,000 people.
“They (Grow Trigg) have a right to do this,” Brock said. “But we think the social cost of legal alcohol will be too great.”
Although Brock said he realizes that people in the county drink, he thinks the fact that it isn’t legal keeps it from being as large a problem as it might be if alcohol were legal in the county.
Additionally, Luvenia Marlowe was elected as the assistant secretary and Virginia Stubblefield was elected as the assistant treasurer. Freddie Smith, Larry Kemp, Robert Papajeski and Ronnie Sadler were elected to the publicity committee. Rev. Lester Watson, Jerry Mitchell, Clarence Thomas, Dr. Mike Rust and Elizabeth Brown were elected to the ways and means committee.
The next meeting of Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol will be held at Cadiz Baptist Church sanctuary on Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m.