A national restaurant chain in Corinth known for its down-home country cooking will soon have a side order of barley and hops.
The Corinth city board approved a beer license for Cracker Barrel located on U.S. 72 near the U.S. 45 intersection.
Beer license approvals are normally routine matters and such was the case at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Cracker Barrel serving beer in the future will require some adjustment at an eatery known as a family-style operation serving country cooking, some city aldermen discussed.
The restaurant chain which began in 1969 has launched an effort to add alcohol sales at 600 of its 660 locations by the end of 2021, including beer and wine.
The city board’s light agenda included discussion about the future of First United Methodist Church off Fillmore and Jackson streets in downtown Corinth after the congregation voted to move to the former Christ United Methodist Church building on Harper Road.
A church spokesman told the board the church does plan to demolish the sanctuary and education buildings and turn the property into a park, while three lots off Jackson Street will be sold.
When questioned for details and the renovations at the Christ United location, the spokesman promised to share details to the Daily Corinthian in about a month, including plans for the downtown park and the extensive renovations underway at the new location expected to be complete by Nov. 1 which will triple the church in interior square space.
In other business, the board:
Approved a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to discuss the Railroad Quiet Zone proposal from Fillmore to Madison streets. The proposal includes the closure of the Madison Street crossing and conversions of some streets to one-way. Public input is encouraged at the hearing.
Approved a 4-Way Stop at the intersection of Scale and White streets.
Approved a road closure from 4-6 Saturday at an event on Meigg Steet from South Parkway to Young Street.
Tabled action for a resolution for Magnolia Regional Health Center bond refunding.
Reminded residents a community effort is underway to provide COVID-19 vaccinations with a free clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corinth Housing Authority pavilion on Mitchell Street at the J.B. Combs Apartments.
Although being held at a public housing facility, anyone from Alcorn County needing a vaccination can attend. Walgreens pharmacy will be giving the shots and both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.
Corinth city leaders and community volunteers are behind the vaccination effort as Alcorn County’s vaccination percentage remains below both the state and national averages.