Jemison goes wet

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A majority of Jemison residents voted in favor of the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages Tuesday, by a margin of more than 250.

The unofficial results were 466 “yes” and 213 “no,” with 679 precinct voters participating. All seven absentee votes were in favor of the measure.

After 7 p.m., few people were standing outside the fire station, which served as the only polling place. Among them was resident Thaddeus Martin Sr., who was pleased with the results.

“I supported it mainly for revenue to come in and help our schools,” Martin said. “I believe some of the revenue could go toward Dixie Youth and the parents that can’t afford to participate.”

Residents Jimmy and Joyce Posey placed a sign in their yard asking people to join them in voting “no.”

“I see all the corruption caused by alcohol,” she said, with her husband agreeing. “I have seen many families that have been destroyed by alcohol. I’m thankful that mine hasn’t.”

Posey added, “I think it’s a shame that we the people of Jemison have let this happen.”

Jemison will now join Clanton as the second municipality in Chilton County to become wet. This June, Thorsby residents will vote on the issue.

As of press time, Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed could not be reached for comment.