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Liquor by the drink to be on city ballot
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Enough signatures have been been obtained to get a liquor-by-the-drink referendum on the ballot for the city election in June.Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley told the Review yesterday that Randy Paris has turned in petitions with more than 100 valid signatures.Only 90 signatures were needed to get the referendum on the ballot.If Smithville voters approve the measure, restaurants inside the city of limits would be allowed to petition the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a license to sell liquor by the drink for consumption on the premises.The Smithville Beer Board would still be responsible for granting permits for on premises beer sales, which is prohibited by the city beer ordinance. Under the city ordinance it is "unlawful for any beer permit holder to allow the consumption on his premises of any beer whether sold from his premises or elsewhere."