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Liquor referendums stir debate in Scott Co. cities

Liquor referendums stir debate in Scott Co. cities

Some people believe liquor sales are good for the economy; others think hard spirits are harmful to communities.  Residents of two Scott County cities are debating the matter right now.

"This town...if they want jobs or money to come in here...bring in jobs," said Derita Long, who is against liquor sales.

"We need the taxes, the revenue.  We need all the help we can get over here," said Mark Sexton, a supporter of liquor sales.

Huntsville and Winfield will vote on two liquor items November 6.

Roane, Campbell enforcing "no refusal" law this weekend

Roane, Campbell enforcing "no refusal" law this weekend

State officials are gearing up for another holiday weekend by focusing on the state's "no refusal" law.

Friday, a number of law enforcement leaders and prosecutors gathered in Knoxville to announce that Roane and Campbell counties will add patrols on Labor Day weekend.

They want to ensure people traveling Tennessee roads are aware of new rules facing suspected truck drivers.

The "no refusal" law took effect in July.

The Labor Day enforcement will focus on 16 counties state-wide.

Scott Co. unemployment rate increases again in July

Scott Co. unemployment rate increases again in July

Numbers from the state show even more people are out of work in an East Tennessee county plagued by unemployment.

Scott County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, coming in at 21.7 percent. That number is for July, and is just over two percent higher than the previous month.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for July increased only slightly, and Knox County once again had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate.