The city of Franklin Goes Wet

The voters of Franklin have spoken and in an overwhelming voice they said they wanted to be able to purchase alcohol in stores.

Voters said it was about keeping dollars local.

In a near 2-1 fashion, the city of Franklin voted the city wet.

One of the biggest reasons people say is the local economy.

"The revenue that's being lost by the people that go to other counties to purchase alcoholic beverages. If vote no, would stop drinking all together, that would be a different type of vote, but people still go to other places to purchase alcoholic beverages," said William Brown, voted to go wet.

"Instead of driving to Portland or Bowling Green, we might as well give our money right back to Franklin instead of doing that. That's a big reason," said Dawn Cosby, voted to go wet.

Franklin is already moist with liquor by the drink legal.

However, not everyone was on the same page, several area churches spoke out against the vote, saying it's a religious problem and a social problem.

"Broken homes, the cost of derelicts to society, the increased police that might be needed, seldom is there a discussion of how it impacts children in the culture. If you add up those costs and compare it to the revenue it produces, it's a negative revenue," said Franklin Baptist Church Senior Minister Jerry Gifford.

Voter turnout was about 26 percent, a number which county officials couldn't believe.

"I guess more than anything, just surprised. When we used to have these back in the nineties, 50 and 60 percent turnout. I was expecting probably 40-50 percent today, a lot lower than what I expected," said Simpson County Clerk Chip Phillips.

In a few months, you'll be able to go to a store and purchase alcohol.

This is just for the city and not the entire county.

Officials say Franklin will be able to have about three packaged sale stores.

Elsewhere in the state, the city of Murray went wet on Tuesday as well, but in a much closer vote.


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