ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton City Council said farewell to two long-serving members Thursday night and took the first steps to bring liquor stores into the city after a referendum authorizing them was approved by the voters on Tuesday.
It was the last meeting for Richard Sammons, who has been a member of the council for 12 years, and for Charles LaPorte, who was on the council for eight years and served as mayor pro tem for two years.
There was a great deal of public interest on the first reading of an ordinance establishing new regulations to govern liquor stores in the city. The ordinance passed with little comment. Sammons took advantage of his last night on the council to be the only member to vote against the ordinance. He also voted against two other measures involving alcohol.
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