Clarke County Christians stand firm against alcohol

QUITMAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Both sides are speaking out as Clarke County is getting ready for a vote on whether to allow the sale of beer and alcohol.

Newscenter 11 spoke to some that are standing firm against this referendum, asking residents to vote "no." Pastor Dennis Coats from Calvary Baptist Church says the tax revenue and jobs created won't be as great as people believe.

"There will be more jobs created, O.K., but it will be, to be blunt with you, more for policing and law enforcement," Coats says. "Secondly, our funeral homes will be busier and so forth. But it will be a detrimental impact on our county."

He says alcohol will only lead to the destruction of lives and families and is asking people to turn to scripture.

"God is against any form of alcohol whatsoever," Pastor Coats says. "I know that doesn't sound like what is popular in our culture today. But I'm going on scripture or principles. It will not benefit Clarke County to the point that is being claimed."

That vote will go on for all of Clarke County Nov. 7. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

You can click on the link attached to this story to hear from Quitman's mayor on this issue.