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Oliver Springs to stay dry

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Roane turns tide in alcohol referendum

By The Staff

Oliver Springs joined many other small communities in having a referendum to allow package stores to sell alcohol in its city limits.

Voters in the Anderson County portion of the town supported the referendum permitting package stores by three votes at 360 voting for it and 357 voting against it.

Roane County voters, however, turned the tide in favor of not having the stores with votes of 126 for permitting package stores and 162 against it.

Add Morgan County’s three votes, two permitting and one against, and the final tally is 488 voters in favor of allowing the stores and 520 against liquor stores.

The rural community, nestled between three counties, has most of its retail in Anderson County.

Officials from the rural community did not return calls by press time.