East Ridge Collects Enough Signatures To Vote On Wine Referendum In November

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

East Ridge has collected the required number of valid signatures on its local petition to determine whether wine can be sold in its retail food stores.

The Hamilton County Election Commission notified Red White and Food that the required number of signatures have been turned in and verified for East Ridge.

The election commission previously notified the campaign that Lakesite and Red Bank had collected their required numbers; once it officially approves the ballot measure, residents in each municipality will be able to vote on the sale of wine in retail food stores on the November ballot.  

With this Thursday as the deadline to submit petitions for a Nov. 4 wine referendum, Red White and Food is urging registered voters in the surrounding eligible cities to sign the local petition now. These eligible cities include Chattanooga, Collegedale, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy, Walden and the unincorporated area of Hamilton County.

“We are grateful to all of the East Ridge residents who took the time to sign the petition,” said Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager. “Time is running out for us to gather enough signatures in the remaining eligible cities that have active petition drives, and we encourage all registered voters to sign their community’s petition as soon as possible.”

Officials said, "Collecting the necessary number of valid signatures that will meet the approval of the election commissions is no easy task. Red White and Food recommends that everyone interested in signing their local petition bring their voter registration card with them to verify that they sign correctly. They should also make sure they live within the city limits of the municipality for the petition they are signing."

To get the wine referendum on the ballot, petitions in eligible communities – those that already allow liquor by the drink, liquor stores or both – must be submitted to the local election commissions with at least as many signatures as would equal 10 percent of their residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election.

The petitions must be completed and shared with the local election commissions by the close of business Thursday, Aug. 21.


Residents who have not already signed should plan to do so by noon on Thursday, at which time Red White and Food staff and partners will submit remaining petitions to the election commissions.


The election commissions must review and verify these signatures before they count toward the official totals.


Red White and Food is working with retail partners – including BI-LO, Cash Saver, Food City, Food Lion, H.G. Hill, Kroger, Publix and Superlo Foods – to facilitate the petition drive in eligible communities across the state.

Many Photos Of Fairyland Development Featured In New Hiener Photo Book

Many photos of the Fairyland development on Lookout Mountain are featured in the new historic photo book being published by Chattanoogan.com. Garnet and Frieda Carter carried out the fanciful development in the 1920s. It was during the construction that the game of miniature golf was invented when a golf ball was hit through a drain pipe at the job site. It was first called ... (click for more)

3 Florida Men Charged In Tennessee Theft Scheme

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and multiple law enforcement partners in Florida has resulted in the arrest of three men charged with theft from Tennessee residents.  At the initial request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, TBI special agents began investigating information that Gopalbhai Shivramdas Patel, Riptesh ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win?

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

As a strong proponent of early voting, I joined hundreds at the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters on Amnicola Highway yesterday to exercise what I consider one of our greatest freedoms – “for the people, by the people.” Candidly, I have never been as upset or as disappointed over my choices for President in my life. Locally I am fine with our candidates but to pick ... (click for more)

Briarcrest Beats Baylor For D-II Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO – The 2016 volleyball season didn’t end like the Baylor girls would have liked, but they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of after getting beat by Briarcrest in the D-II Class AA state final here at MTSU’s Murphy Center Friday afternoon. The Lady Saints had beaten Baylor in a winners bracket final on Thursday and proved it was no fluke as they won in three straight ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Advances To Class AA State Final

MURFREESBORO – Never accuse the Signal Mountain volleyball team of ever doing anything the easy way. The Lady Eagles, who entered the TSSAA state tournament here as a possible favorite to win the Class AA division, started off the tournament on the wrong foot Wednesday as they lost to defending champ Sullivan South in their first match. They staved off elimination with a 3-0 ... (click for more)