Monday, May 11, 2009

Perry County Eyes Booze as Economic Lifeline

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

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With one in five people without jobs, Perry County is suffering one of the worst unemployment rates in the country. Gov. Phil Bredesen and members of his Cabinet are going there Friday to map strategy to help. Local leaders think tourism could replace the lost manufacturing base, and the county's state legislators already are offering one solution--free-flowing booze. On tonight's House calendar is a bill to let Perry County businesses sell cocktails, bypassing a liquor-by-the-drink referendum and the usual ranting and raving by the bible-thumpers. Will the House's disciples of the Christian Right smite this bill tonight or vote to give Perry County's struggling families a fighting chance?

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