Sunday sales coming

February 5, 2016
Photo by Emily Baker Barbourville Mayor David Thompson appointed Corey Moren as Barbourville’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator at the second reading of the ordinance Friday. Moren also holds the title of City Code Enforcement Officer. “I think it’s going to be a challenge,” said Moren. “Alcohol is here. We might as well police it, regulate it and enforce it.” Accompanying Corey Moren is his wife Melissa.

Photo by Emily Baker
Barbourville Mayor David Thompson appointed Corey Moren as Barbourville’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator at the second reading of the ordinance Friday. Moren also holds the title of City Code Enforcement Officer. “I think it’s going to be a challenge,” said Moren. “Alcohol is here. We might as well police it, regulate it and enforce it.” Accompanying Corey Moren is his wife Melissa.

The big question on everyone’s mind now that Barbourville residents have approved the sale of alcohol is will it be sold on Sunday. The answer is yes.


The second reading of Barbourville’s Resolution 2016-1 was held last Friday; however, the vote by the city council to approve the ordinance was not unanimous. Council member Wilma Barnes was missing, and Councilmember Sherman Lawson was the sole no vote.

“I voted no because of the Sunday sales clause,” said Councilman Lawson. I feel like the churches deserve their day. If people want to drink on Sunday, they can fill up on Saturday night. That’s the way I feel about it.”

The 20-page ordinance took Mayor David Thompson nearly an hour to read Thursday, but after all was said and done, the hours were officially set for city alcohol sales.

According to the ordinance, alcohol can be sold Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight. Sunday sales will be from 1 p.m. to midnight.

Barbourville Mayor David Thompson said that as Corbin is the closest competing city, the Barbourville’s council followed Corbin’s guidelines as closely as possible.

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