By a vote of 798 to 584, the City of McKenzie’s liquor by the drink referendum passed in the Nov. 8 General Election.
The referendum that gained enough signatures to be placed on the ballot was iniatiated by Billy Wood, who is not a resident of McKenzie, but works as the city’s superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department.
Wood, who was unable to be reached for a comment, said then that he heard people say they went to Paris to have a margarita with their Mexican food.
“The liquor referendum was a citizen initiative that was put on the ballot, and we had no idea if it would pass,” said Mayor Jill Holland who didn’t say if she was for or agai
nst the measure. “Going forward, the applicants will be subject to the rules of the State Alcohol Beverage Commission which requires only establishments with restaurant facilities to be able to serve mixed drinks.”
When a survey of McKenzie restaurants were made in August, it appeared El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant manager Antonio Guzman was the only one interested in obtaining a license.
Bruceton was the only town in the county that had opposition among its aldermen in the election.
Four persons were candidates for three positions on the town board.
Newcomer Frank McGee, a former Bruceton police officer, won by three votes, 239 to 236 over his nearest opponent, Carmion Johanna Fuhrman, who has served on the board previously.
The other two incumbents who were elected were Cliff Sturdivant with 394 votes and Robert T. Scotty Higdon with 355 votes.
Uncontested City Elections
Town of Hollow Rock
Vote for 3
- Curt Lumley –I–180
- Rob Woods –I–194
Town of Huntingdon
Dale R. Kelley – I –1,256
Vote for 4
- Carl R. Byars – I – 1,155
- Charlie Hodges – I – 1,161
- Nina R. Smothers –I – 1,134
- Tim Tucker – I – 1,148
- Jessie L. Townes – I – 96
- Randy Jackson Callahan – I – 241
- Charles Pruneau – I – 145
Town of Atwood
Vote for 2
- James R. Halford, Jr. – I –271
- Ricky Long – I – 283
Town of Trezevant
- Dennis Wayne Mitchell – I –183
Vote for 5
- Bobby James Blaylock – I – 147
- Pam Bryant – I – 189
Carroll County proves bellwether status in election
Carroll County again proved its bellwether status – so goes Carroll County, so goes the nation.
Republican Donald J. Trump received 7,731 votes with 3,839 cast during Early Voting to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2,323 votes of which 1,252 were in Early Voting. Trump received 74.67 percent of the vote.
A total of 5,605 votes were cast in Early Voting, thought to be the most ever recorded, according to Carroll County Administrator of Elections Peg Hamlett.
In the race for the Eighth District House of Representatives seat, David Kustoff, a Republican, received 6,959 votes to Democratic candidate Rickey Hobson’s 1,832 votes. Kustoff replaces Stephen Fincher, a Republican, who chose not to rerun.
For the state 24th Senatorial District, incumbent John D. Stevens, a Republican, had no opposition. He received 7,690 votes.
In the three-way race for state House of Representative District 76 seat, incumbent Andy Holt, a Republican from Dresden, who will be beginning his fourth term, won easily. He represents Weakley County and portions of Carroll County involving McKenzie and Bruceton.
In Carroll County, Holt received 3,049 votes while his opponents, Democratic candidate Angela Callis garnered 890 and Independent Bennie Castleman had 413 votes.
In Weakley County, Holt had 7,279 votes followed by Castleman’s 2,474 and Callis’ 2,361.
In the 79th House District, Curtis Halford, a Republican, had 4,470 votes. He had no opposition.
Three county commissioners, who will be filling unexpired two-year terms, were elected.
Darrell Ridgely, who is filling the unexpired term, of Wayne Kirk in the 1st District, garnered 445 votes. Lori Nolen, who received 1,266 votes, is filling Buster Barger’s unexpired term in the 5th District. In the 8th District, Gaylon Sydnor, who is filling the unexpired term of Harold Vinson, received 573 votes.