(WMC-TV) - People in Olive Branch, Mississippi will be able to buy beer and light wine earlier on Sundays beginning next month.
It is just one of a couple changes made by the city's Board of Aldermen Tuesday night when they voted to extended sale hours.
In years past, some people fought the idea of extended beer sale hours.
Carl Echols has been living in Olive Branch since 1969. He just learned beer and light wine will be available from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. starting December 5 at gas stations and convenience stores.
"I don't know about that now, 7 o clock in the morning? That's sort of early, really," he said.
The issue had caused controversy in years past, but the Olive Branch Board of Aldermen approved the extended hours on Tuesday. People in town had mixed reviews. A few people said the decision may generate more revenue, particularly on Sunday when beer previously was not sold until the afternoon.
"Everything revolves around the tax dollars now a days so I don't know if there's a lot of pros other than that. It's a small town I'd like to keep it a small town feel personally," said Scott Stephan.
City leaders say they passed the ordinance to mirror recent changes to extended bar hours approved by the department of revenue. Olive Branch Police say the will still be out looking for people making bad choices. Echols said there may be some people that take advantage of extended hours, but he will not be one of them.
For a comparison, the city of Memphis sells beer until 3 am.
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