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.