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Wolfe, Gearhart, Vest keep spots on BMA; liquor stores get go-ahead

Kelly Wolfe will serve another term as Jonesborough’s mayor following Tuesday’s general election, in which he garnered 56 percent of the vote. Wolfe, who is nearing the end of his first term as mayor, defeated current Jonesborough Alderman Jerome Fitzgerald to hold onto the seat.
Fitzgerald will remain on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in his current role, as will incumbent aldermen Mary Gearhart and Chuck Vest, who both defeated a third candidate, David Brown, to keep their seats on the BMA.
Vest led the way in the aldermen race, receiving 39 percent of the vote while Gearhart recorded 34 percent. Brown finished with 27 percent of the vote.
Jonesborough voters also gave the green light to liquor stores setting up shop in town.
A referendum on Tuesday’s general election asked town residents to vote either in favor of or against retail package stores being allowed within Jonesborough limits. Fifty-five percent of those taking part in the election voted in favor of allowing the stores in Jonesborough.
The referendum was placed on the ballot after a Jonesborough couple filed a petition to take the issue to the polls.
Linda and James Carter said they believed opening a liquor store in Jonesborough would be a good business opportunity.
The Carters, who have lived in Jonesborough for 17 years, said they plan to open up shop as soon as they get approval to do so.
As far as the location of the store, James said they have looked at a few buildings in different locations, including property in the Ingle’s plaza on West Jackson Boulevard.
For more on the election and what the results mean for Jonesborough, see the Nov. 9 issue of the Herald & Tribune.