As Mt. Juliet has doubled in population, many of the new residents have been asking, “Why does Lebanon have liquor stores and not Mt. Juliet?”
The answer is that just as legalizing liquor-by-the-drink in restaurants required a referendum, the sale of wine & intoxicating spirits in package stores also requires approval in a referendum. Such a referendum can only be conducted if a petition with signatures totaling at least 10% of the number of voters in the last gubernatorial election is submitted to the election commission. Actually, the practice has been that the text and form of the petition needs to be requested from the election commission and then turned in to them for verification.
Here’s the way TCA spells out the precise text of the petition:
“We, registered voters of Mt. Juliet, do hereby request the holding of a local option election to authorize retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages as provided by law.”
So, as a highly unscientific experiment, let’s poll the readers of RFMJ.