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Smith County commissioners expected to approve alcohol sales in JP 1, 4

Smith County commissioners expected to approve alcohol sales in JP 1, 4

POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 9:07am

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:33am

Smith County officials are slated to consider and approve the canvassing of all election returns Friday morning.This will allow the sale of beer and wine at grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores in JP precinct 1 and 4. This comes after the November 5 election results.

In JP 1, the measure passed with nearly 69 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, about 59 percent of JP 4 voters were also in favor of the idea.

Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton sees it as a positive step for local economic growth.

"In the future, we do see all of Smith County going wet because it's economic development for our county you know, bring businesses into town."

Once the results are approved by the commissioner's court, plans for a Walmart superstore should be set in motion. The deal is expected to be closed by January 2014.

"They did not want to be the only grocery store in the city of Tyler that could not sell beer and wine, so what they said to us was you have to get this beer and wine passed or we will not come," said Robert Patterson, treasurer of Buy Smith County Committee.

Patterson's organization is also hoping the entire county is wet by March 2014.

The meeting will take place at  9:30 a.m. in the Smith County Commissioner's Courtroom in Tyler.

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