Last Dry County In Alabama Plans To Stay That Way

LINEVILLE, Ala. (December 9, 2012)--Clay County is the only county left in Alabama where there isn't a single place that beer can be purchased legally and there are plenty of residents who are happy to keep it that way.

It isn't illegal to have a small amount of alcohol in the scenic but poor county of about 14,000 people in the hills about 50 miles east of Birmingham, and lots of people go across the county line to buy it and take it home.

Wayne Watts, the county commission chairman and a former police chief, says it's an open secret that it can be purchased from bootleggers, too.

People such as the Rev. Bruce Willis say it's unlikely the county will ever go wet.

He says people won't vote for it in a rural area where family values are important.

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