Pigeon Forge liquor referendum passes

10:01 am | November 8, 2012

PIGEON FORGE (AP) — Voters in Pigeon Forge have approved a liquor-by-the-drink referendum.

Similar efforts were rejected in 2009 and 2011.

The success of the initiative means more money for the schools inside city limits. State law requires the 15 percent tax on liquor to be divided 50-50 between the state and the city, with the city’s share earmarked for education.

Tim Kellar of Forging Ahead, the advocacy group for the initiative, told The Mountain Press the victory will mean a more robust tourism industry.

Ronnie Reagan, pastor of Gum Stand Baptist Church, led the opposition and said voters got what they asked for and he prays it doesn’t blow up on them.

The city is bracketed by Sevierville and Gatlinburg, which both allow liquor sales.

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