Colbert Commission makes move toward Sunday alcohol sales – Times Daily

TUSCUMBIA — Colbert County commissioners have begun the process of seeking a bill that would allow them to approve Sunday alcohol sales for both off and on premises without requiring a referendum vote.

County attorney Edgar Black said the bill would be similar to those approved this past legislative session allowing Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Littleville to approve Sunday sales.

A bill was also passed for Florence, but the council has yet to establish the rules for Sunday sales.

Commissioner Tommy Barnes said he had been approached by business owners who were concerned about losing business because alcohol can now be sold on Sunday in cities, but not in the county.

Barnes and Commissioners David Black, Jimmy Gardiner and Charles Hovater voted in favor of the resolution, while Commissioner Darol Bendall voted “no.”

Black said the bill will have to be supported by the Shoals legislative delegation, then introduced during the next legislative session, which doesn’t begin until February.

He said the county should be able to amend an existing alcohol ordinance to reflect the changes it is seeking. That would allow the commission to approve Sunday sales through a resolution, Black said.

Tammy Morris, owner of Southern Package Store in Sheffield, said the past two Sundays were their busiest days of the week. She said she did not notice a decrease in normal business during the week.

“Everybody has been really happy about it,” Morris said of the change.

Before Sunday sales were approved, Morris said she knew customers who traveled outside Sheffield to purchase alcohol on Sunday.

In an unrelated matter:

The commission has approved alcohol licenses for two county businesses.

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