Thursday, May 04, 2006

Novella Smith Arnold to Leave Beer Board


Novella Smith Arnold Will Leave the Shelby County Beer Board to Campaign for County Commission

May 4, 2006 -- After over 23 years of service, most of it as chairperson, Novella Smith Arnold has announced her decision to leave the County Beer Commission. Her resignation is to be effective after the regular meeting on May 18.

She leaves the board in order to devote full time to her campaign to win the District 2, Position 2 slot on the County Commission. She was unopposed in the Republican primary election on May 2.

Ms. Arnold communicated her intentions to the Board’s attorney, Tom Russell. In her resignation letter, Ms. Arnold said she had delayed leaving until the May meeting in order to accommodate the St. Jude’s Golf Classic, whose organizers are requesting a temporary permit for the event starting May 20. No other applicants are currently scheduled for that meeting.

“St. Jude’s annual Golf Classic is critically important to Memphis and Shelby County,” Ms. Arnold stated. “I could not do anything that might jeopardize a quorum to act on their Beer License application. Besides, I love St. Jude and I am pleased to have them turn out to be my last item of business before leaving.”

The County’s Beer Commission is an unpaid board composed of regular citizens, who are appointed by the County Commissioners to staggered terms. The board reviews and approves applications for on- and off-premises sales of beer. Occasionally, the board assesses fines or suspends the licenses of establishments that have permitted sales to minors or other violations of rules.

“Because it’s a job with no pay, and most of us are pretty busy with our regular jobs,” Ms. Arnold wrote, “it has been notoriously difficult to get people to serve – and, once appointed, to show up. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and love to the current board members for their dedication and helping to keep a perfect record. To the best of my recollection, we have never held a meeting and failed to have a quorum.”

“I would also like to express my gratitude to you, Tom, and to Deputy Sheriff Butterick for all your help the past several years. Working with you has been the greatest pleasure,” Ms. Arnold concluded.