Murray alcohol sales one part of solu...

Murray alcohol sales one part of solution to promote progress, officials say

There are 68 comments on the Rome News - Tribune story from Feb 7, 2010, titled Murray alcohol sales one part of solution to promote progress, officials say. In it, Rome News - Tribune reports that:

By Rachel Brown Legalizing liquor by the drink could enhance Murray County's future, some say, but it's not the only key to landing economic development.

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Dennis

Dalton, GA

#41 Feb 13, 2010
Tim Blackman wrote:
<quoted text>I agree 100% on that one. What a shame it is when see what goes on when you get a bunch of drunks rollin in and out. I hear they want to extend their hours til 2:00 AM, that should be interesting.
If you havent noticed theres already a bunch of drunks rollin around anyway! they just go to different cities to get it. we just dnt get the tax from it. we need to stop bashing one another on our beliefs and work on bringin new businesses to our community. i go to church but we enjoy eatin a good steak at applebees and logans after church, now we dnt go there to drink but they do serve alcohol, and those places wont come here because sadly enough we dont sell liquor. but fact is were not the only church goin family that enjoy good food at these places so chew on that before you criticize me.
ETON RESIDENT

United States

#42 Feb 13, 2010
Dennis wrote:
<quoted text> If you havent noticed theres already a bunch of drunks rollin around anyway! they just go to different cities to get it. we just dnt get the tax from it. we need to stop bashing one another on our beliefs and work on bringin new businesses to our community. i go to church but we enjoy eatin a good steak at applebees and logans after church, now we dnt go there to drink but they do serve alcohol, and those places wont come here because sadly enough we dont sell liquor. but fact is were not the only church goin family that enjoy good food at these places so chew on that before you criticize me.
Do you really think the liquor by the drink is the answer? I am trying to understand this. We do not drink at all when eating out. However, we do enjoy a glass of wine when we have company at home. During my years here, I have seen many Restaurants in Murray County close shortly after opening. Many, because the food or/and service was awful. Many beause there was not enough business. Most of these were economical Restaurants. One example is the one (I forgot the name) that was on the corner of 411 and 52. I really do not believe any of the now closed restaurants would still be in business if they sold liquor by the drink. I understand the large restaurants you refer to, perform many studies before moving into an area. I think the large restaurants in Dalton , I could be wrong, realize people from surrounding areas will travel to Dalton. I feel also that many people in Murray who have been laid off , or having financial problems , especially those with large families will not be able to afford these types of restaurants. These are just some concerns I have. What do you think?
CONCERNED

United States

#43 Feb 13, 2010
I agree with the above. What is the Reason Walmart or Targets is not moving in? Could be the same studies. Not enough large land parcel in a good location. Not enough room for parking. Look at the locations, size of stores, parking spaces (some with gas pumps) in Dalton or Cleveland Tn. I think Murray County's prime locations are already taken by Fast Food Restaurants (check out the drive thru lines and full parking lots) The larger Mexican restaurants here seem to be doing great also. They are doing something right!

Since: Aug 09

Summerville, GA

#44 Feb 13, 2010
CONCERNED wrote:
I agree with the above. What is the Reason Walmart or Targets is not moving in? Could be the same studies. Not enough large land parcel in a good location. Not enough room for parking. Look at the locations, size of stores, parking spaces (some with gas pumps) in Dalton or Cleveland Tn. I think Murray County's prime locations are already taken by Fast Food Restaurants (check out the drive thru lines and full parking lots) The larger Mexican restaurants here seem to be doing great also. They are doing something right!
Our earnings per household are a fraction of the surrounding counties. You can draw your own conclusions as to why that is.

The land doesn't matter. If one of those stores opened up, it would create it's own prime real estate.

Since: Aug 09

Summerville, GA

#45 Feb 13, 2010
ETON RESIDENT wrote:
<quoted text>Do you really think the liquor by the drink is the answer? I am trying to understand this. We do not drink at all when eating out. However, we do enjoy a glass of wine when we have company at home. During my years here, I have seen many Restaurants in Murray County close shortly after opening. Many, because the food or/and service was awful. Many beause there was not enough business. Most of these were economical Restaurants. One example is the one (I forgot the name) that was on the corner of 411 and 52. I really do not believe any of the now closed restaurants would still be in business if they sold liquor by the drink. I understand the large restaurants you refer to, perform many studies before moving into an area. I think the large restaurants in Dalton , I could be wrong, realize people from surrounding areas will travel to Dalton. I feel also that many people in Murray who have been laid off , or having financial problems , especially those with large families will not be able to afford these types of restaurants. These are just some concerns I have. What do you think?
Doc holiday's. That was a terrible place. I went by there a few months before it closed to have my first steak eaten in a murray county restaurant. Well...they were out of steak...and potatoes.
Jim

Mosheim, TN

#46 Feb 13, 2010
ETON RESIDENT wrote:
<quoted text>Do you really think the liquor by the drink is the answer? I am trying to understand this. We do not drink at all when eating out. However, we do enjoy a glass of wine when we have company at home. During my years here, I have seen many Restaurants in Murray County close shortly after opening. Many, because the food or/and service was awful. Many beause there was not enough business. Most of these were economical Restaurants. One example is the one (I forgot the name) that was on the corner of 411 and 52. I really do not believe any of the now closed restaurants would still be in business if they sold liquor by the drink. I understand the large restaurants you refer to, perform many studies before moving into an area. I think the large restaurants in Dalton , I could be wrong, realize people from surrounding areas will travel to Dalton. I feel also that many people in Murray who have been laid off , or having financial problems , especially those with large families will not be able to afford these types of restaurants. These are just some concerns I have. What do you think?
I agree that serving alcohol will not solve our financial woes,but it is a step in the right direction,at the right time for our community,we police the drinking,we pick up the trash ,we answer the disturbance calls thet are alcohol related already,the only thing we dont do is collect thr revenue and the other benefits such as the buisness that it attracts.
ETON RESIDENT

United States

#47 Feb 14, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
Our earnings per household are a fraction of the surrounding counties. You can draw your own conclusions as to why that is.
The land doesn't matter. If one of those stores opened up, it would create it's own prime real estate.
What do you mean..."the land does not matter" If there is no land available in the prime location they need for the store..how do they create "land"?
ETON RESIDENT

United States

#48 Feb 14, 2010
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that serving alcohol will not solve our financial woes,but it is a step in the right direction,at the right time for our community,we police the drinking,we pick up the trash ,we answer the disturbance calls thet are alcohol related already,the only thing we dont do is collect thr revenue and the other benefits such as the buisness that it attracts.
Understood. This is a very interesting subject. Maybe the County should allow liquor by the drink and see what happens. Either it will work or not work, for additional revenue.
TRANSPLANT

United States

#49 Feb 14, 2010
Did Murray County ever have a VOTE by the county residents to allow liquor by the drink? If not I think this would be a fair way to conclude this matter.
Jim

Ringgold, GA

#50 Feb 14, 2010
TRANSPLANT wrote:
Did Murray County ever have a VOTE by the county residents to allow liquor by the drink? If not I think this would be a fair way to conclude this matter.
I guess this is where the rubber meets the road,I think that both Tyson Haynes, Mayor of Chatsworth and David Ridley ,Commissioner of Murray County know and beleive that liquor sales is a good idea,not to mention that Ridley paid some$125,000.00 for a study to determine this.BIG QUESTION? Does either of them have the backbone to implement it ,given the church opposition, sadly I kinda doubt it. And if not Ridley pissed away another $125,000.00 Any thoughts?
TRANSPLANT

United States

#51 Feb 14, 2010
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess this is where the rubber meets the road,I think that both Tyson Haynes, Mayor of Chatsworth and David Ridley ,Commissioner of Murray County know and beleive that liquor sales is a good idea,not to mention that Ridley paid some$125,000.00 for a study to determine this.BIG QUESTION? Does either of them have the backbone to implement it ,given the church opposition, sadly I kinda doubt it. And if not Ridley pissed away another $125,000.00 Any thoughts?
I remember reading in one of the articles after the public meeting Ridley stated it was from a Development Grant. He also stated that the County did not pay for the room at Cohutta Springs where the meeting was held. I think it is a disgrace that any money from anywhere is used for such a study. Are our elected and appointed goverment leaders not capable of determining what is needed for Murray County? They had a survey on the computer (not well advertised) to let the county officials know what changes and ideas WE the Citizens of Murray wanted and thought would work to improve the county. I have not read about any suggestions from the Residents!
Jim

Ringgold, GA

#52 Feb 14, 2010
The money ,even if its from the state was tax money that we paid on the state level,And the steering committee,who chose these people and based on what criteria.
TRANSPLANT

United States

#53 Feb 14, 2010
Jim wrote:
The money ,even if its from the state was tax money that we paid on the state level,And the steering committee,who chose these people and based on what criteria.
Yes, you are so right. I have no idea how these people were cosen. The only citeria I can think of is they have a "title". That is a very interesting question. You can check online. The names may still be listed. It was under Murray County Market Street Development. I am sure the Commissioners office will have this info.

Since: Aug 09

Simpsonville, SC

#54 Feb 15, 2010
ETON RESIDENT wrote:
<quoted text>What do you mean..."the land does not matter" If there is no land available in the prime location they need for the store..how do they create "land"?
If they built a Wal-mart in Tennga, it would be considered "prime location." Wherever one of those places build, it becomes a great place to be, at least in this area.
TRANSPLANT

United States

#55 Feb 15, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
If they built a Wal-mart in Tennga, it would be considered "prime location." Wherever one of those places build, it becomes a great place to be, at least in this area.
I do not agree about building in Tennga. Our first choice for shopping at Walmart, Lowes, etc is Cleveland Tn. Our second is Dalton. It is closer for us to go to Cleveland. We had to figure the mileage and time difference. I really doubt residents would travel from most other areas of Murray County to Tennga, as Dalton is much closer. My opiniona as I would not do it.

Since: Aug 09

Simpsonville, SC

#56 Feb 15, 2010
TRANSPLANT wrote:
<quoted text>I do not agree about building in Tennga. Our first choice for shopping at Walmart, Lowes, etc is Cleveland Tn. Our second is Dalton. It is closer for us to go to Cleveland. We had to figure the mileage and time difference. I really doubt residents would travel from most other areas of Murray County to Tennga, as Dalton is much closer. My opiniona as I would not do it.
My example was an exaggeration, but thanks for missing the point. The point was, if a walmart was built there, other businesses would locate there also, which in turn, would give way to more consumers going to Tennga instead of Dalton or Cleveland.
ETON RESIDENT

United States

#57 Feb 15, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
My example was an exaggeration, but thanks for missing the point. The point was, if a walmart was built there, other businesses would locate there also, which in turn, would give way to more consumers going to Tennga instead of Dalton or Cleveland.
Your Welcome!
sassy

Dalton, GA

#58 Feb 17, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
Doc holiday's. That was a terrible place. I went by there a few months before it closed to have my first steak eaten in a murray county restaurant. Well...they were out of steak...and potatoes.
Doc's was a real good place to eat. They had great food, too. Murray County is the reason it went out of business.

Since: Aug 09

Simpsonville, SC

#59 Feb 17, 2010
sassy wrote:
<quoted text>
Doc's was a real good place to eat. They had great food, too. Murray County is the reason it went out of business.
I wouldn't know...the steak house was out of steak.
Wondering

United States

#60 Feb 17, 2010
Yep
dave wrote:
read this its funny.

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