New alcohol laws coming to Tennessee Valley

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WDEF) — Alcohol sales referendums got the okay from voters in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia this year.

Laws on selling alcohol are expanding in Walker, Whitfield and Bradley counties. Most referendums include allowing alcohol sales on Sundays. All passed with overwhelming numbers.

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North Georgia and Tennessee Valley voters are highly in favor of expanding alcohol laws, according to election results this week.

Walker County passed referendums to allow restaurants to sell liquor and package stores to sell malt beverages and wine on Sundays during certain hours.

“A lot of restaurants want to be able to serve that full menu seven days a week, and so that’s one thing that was creating a hurdle or a barrier for some restaurants to look at Walker county as a market to business in easily, so hopefully this will give them incentives to want to come to Walker County, and as we continue to grow,” Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said.

The measures were passed with over 12-thousand votes, and business owners are looking forward to the change.

“It’s going to be incredible. We have a lot of people that come down here for brunch or lunch on Sundays and a lot of them want to come and try a beer, and they can’t do it,” restaurant owner Jennifer McSpadden said. “They get here and some of them turn away and go back to Chattanooga, or go somewhere they can have a beer with their pizza. So, it’ll be huge.”

In Dalton, more than 62 percent of voters are in favor of selling alcohol by the drink on Sundays, starting at 11 a.m.

Also, package stores will now be allowed to sell alcohol in the city of Cleveland.

Walker County spokesperson Joe Legge says they hope to have the changes in effect by Januray — once the county’s alcohol ordinances are updated.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."