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Senatobia is wet, Tate County is dry

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SENATOBIA, Miss. (FOX13) -

It is a newly odd thing in Mississippi. A wet city in a dry county.

Thirty-one counties in Mississippi are still dry.

The Magnolia State has a long history of saying no to alcohol. The state enacted its own prohibition almost two decades before the rest of the country.

While many of the counties in Mississippi will probably remain dry, some of the cities in dry counties may wind up being wet. It used to be that if the county was dry, it took a county-wide vote to change that.

But under new Mississippi legislation, that's changing.

MORE: Senatobia voters approve sale of liquor

Senatobia is the county seat of Tate County, which is dry. But on Jan. 29, in an overwhelming 3-1 vote, almost 75 proof of Senatobia voters said yes to booze.
"Communities that meet certain legislative criteria, and Senatobia just happens to meet the criteria," said Mayor Alan Callicott. "It gives us the local option to let the voters decide."
A sign is the dividing line between the city of Senatobia, and Tate County. If you are on the city side of the sign, it's perfectly legal to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

If you are on the other side of the sign, outside of city limits, you will get caught with an alcoholic beverage and likely be charged with bootlegging.

"what you do with it and what you buy is your business," Mayor Callicott said.

City leaders say they aren't sure what kind of economic impact alcohol sales will bring. But they say they know that residents of Senatobia were making the trips to other cities where alcohol is legal, and Senatobia was losing money.
"It's an absolute fact that we were losing money to other municipalities," Mr. Callicott said. "How much? We don't know."
The yes vote to alcohol will attract new businesses to town, Mayor Callicott added. "It will keep those who live in Senatobia from driving to DeSoto County or Tunica to spend money, and it might even attract those from just outside the city limits.
"Well we would welcome anyone that would come to Senatobia to shop to come into town," the mayor said. "We would like for them to come and see whatever we have to offer or come for a nicer meal if we get new restaurants in town."

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, there will be a meeting at Senatobia City Hall to discuss enforcement and regulations of new businesses selling alcohol in the city.

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