City voters decided on two referendums concerning the sale of alcohol in the city of Smithville yesterday.
One referendum asked voters to choose "to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville" or "not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville." Voters chose to allow package liquor sales, with 406 votes in favor of the measure, and 401 against.
The second referendum asked city voters to cast ballots "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville." Voters cast 397 votes in favor of the measure, and 412 votes against.
Voters statewide cast ballots for governor, U.S. senators, U.S. congressmen, state representatives and state senators yesterday, and were offered choices on four controversial state constitutional amendments.
Amendment 1, which inserted constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion passed in DeKalb County, with 2,266 voters in favor and 1,394 against.
Amendment 2, which empowered the Governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the General Assembly was approved locally, with 2,107 DeKalb Countians voting in favor, and 1,550 against.
Amendment 3 prohibited the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income. Local voters approved the amendment, with 2,318 voting in favor, and 1,173 against.
Amendment 4, concerning the lottery, passed in DeKalb, with 2,142 people voting for the measure, and 1,189 voting against.
In the race for United States Senate, DeKalb voters chose Republican Lamar Alexander (2,143 votes) over Democrat Gordon Ball (1,185 votes).
In the District 6 U.S. House of Representatives race, Republican incumbent Diane Black (2,337 votes) defeated Democrat Amos Scott Powers (1030 votes).
The District 17 Tennessee Senate race saw Republican Mae Beavers take 2,602 complimentary votes in the county.
The District 40 Tennessee House of Representatives contest ended with Republican Terri Lynn Weaver (1,862 votes) come out on top against Democrat Sarah Marie Smith (965 votes).
In the District 46 Tennessee House of Representatives race, Republican Mark Pody (554 votes) defeated Democrat Candace Reed (356 votes).