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County-Line Store Approved To Sell Cold Beer

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – Supervisors granted Ahmed Omar a permit to sell cold beer for on-premises consumption at the Double L Depot, a county-line store that has been in the news in recent months.
    Last month Omar was granted a permit to sell hot beer for off-premises consumption, but the permit for cold beer sales was delayed until Omar got his restaurant operational.
    The approval came at the “first Monday” meeting after Sheriff Lance Humphreys confirmed Omar met all of the requirements in the county’s ordinance regulating beer sales.
    “From what I have heard through some of the county workers, there is pretty good food out there,” Humphreys reported.
    District 5 Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman followed with a motion authorizing the permit.
    “For a cold beer permit, with food, like the ordinance says,” Tillman said in his motion.
    “You understand, sometimes people and I think the last owner of the building forgot, is you can’t sell singles out there. If you are going to sell cold beer, it’s got to be with a meal,” Board Attorney John Crow explained to Omar prior to the vote.
    “With a meal,” Omar answered, adding that the previous operator had turned the business into a bar instead of operating a restaurant.
    “And I invite you all to come and have a beer,” Omar said.
    Tillman’s motion passed unanimously.
    The store is located on Hwy. 330 at the Yalobusha-Calhoun county line.
    Other business discussed at Monday’s meeting included:
    • Approved a request for Bill McMinn to attend a day-long Solid Waste Enforcement Officer’s training on March 27.
    • Approved four applications from logging companies to exceed the posted weight limit while hauling logs on county roads. Harrison Logging was granted a permit in District 2 on County Road 220, Vaiden Timber Co. LLC was granted a permit in Districts 1 and 5 on County Roads 82, 132 and 215, Lovorn Logging was granted a permit in District 4 on County Roads 211 and 569 and Harrison Logging was granted a permit in District 1 on County Roads 551, 175, 84 and 215.
    • Scheduled the annual jail inspection for Wednes-day morning at 9 a.m. Each year supervisors are required to inspect the jail and spread their report on the minutes. A separate report from the Mississippi Department of Health inspection was also accepted. The state inspection noted several deficiencies including, problems with water pressure in sinks in the cells.
    • Approved the claims.

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