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6A The Paducah Sun Sunday, March 31, 2002 Business Continued from 1A . something to do." . Taylor has operated the bar for 26 years,. He said his business is off about 90 percent since Murray legalized liquor sales a year ago. Like most of the bar owners along U.S. 641 in the Henry County town, Taylor depended on the seemingly endless influx of students at Murray State University for most of his business. "It's 10 miles they don't have to drive to have a beer," Taylor said. "At night, I'll still have a few people, but it's slowed down a whole, whole bunch.". While Murray continues to enjoy commercial growth,, commerce has slowed in Puryear, the former destination of choice for Murrayans looking for a drink. The former top destination, the Big Apple Cafe, closed and moved to Murray last fall. "The only reason Puryear had what it did was because Murray was dry," said Skip Chambers, co-owner of the Big Apple. "Somebody could make a run of it, but the boom days are over." At the same time Murray voters .were approving liquor sales in restaurants, voters in Paris, Tenn., were approving liquor by No foul play in missing man's death: coroner Staff report MURRAY, Ky. Daniel Rodden, the 85-year-old Murray man missing since March 14, died of natural causes two days after he was last seen, according to Graves County Coroner Philip McClain. (Obituary, HA.) Rodden's body was found Friday afternoon inside his 1976 blue Pacer on a dead-end road near State Line Road in southeast Graves County along the Tennessee border, Murray Assistant Police Chief Ken Claud said. The body was identified Saturday, and an autopsy was performed in Madisonville. . Murray detectives Capt.-Eddie Rollins and Chris Garland examined .the area where Rodden's body was found Friday night and , ruled out foul play pending the autopsy results, Claud said. "The cause of death was fatal . cardiac 'arrhythmia," McClain said. "There was no foul play, it was natural causes. The best the pathologist could ' pinpoint was that Mr. Rodden died on (March) 16th." A 14-year-old boy, who was riding a four-wheeler in the area, noticed the vehicle and contacted authorities, McClain said. Investigators were unclear why Rodden was in southern Graves County. . Rodden was last seen around 5 p.m. March 14. He was northbound on 4th Street in Murray when ah officer noticed him, but that was before he was reported missing by his family and a caretaker. Rodden received blood transfusions and was due for one on March 14, and he was taking heart medication for a condition that caused him to require a pacemaker. Family members said that although Rodden's medical conditions left him weak, his mental faculties remained intact. Paducahan faces burglary charge LOVELACEV1LLE, Ky. State police arrested Joshua Greene, 23, of Paducah on a burglary charge after a Lovelaceville homeowner complained a man, later identified as Greene, was acting suspiciously Saturday. Police went to a home in Lovelaceville at 11:08 a.m. after Greene stopped there and asked for a ride to Paducah. Upon arrival, police arrested Greene for allegedly stealing a handgun from the home and discarding it outside. He was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and taken to the Ballard County Detention Center, where he remained Saturday evening. Greene's bond is set at $750 cash. A jail official refused to give his court date. across line in Puryear is 11 f i 4 Hi i r si V V LANCE DENNEEThe Sun Just waiting: Jack Taylor, owner of Taylor's in Puryear, Tenn., sits at his bar Thursday. the drink. Because of an arcane state law, the rest of Henry jiLiii!li- Broyhill &haxcase Gallery . . Choose From. 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I think the beer halls that are here suffered somewhat from a lack of business." City Recorder Verla Smith said revenue from a wholesale beer tax has fluctuated from month to month but has generally decreased since Murray began selling liquor. The loss of drinking customers has cost the city in Trite site jDiomc )h ton i un i vvqxi' limy i t ' t it V 1 ' ' 3 -' v. x ' ( All We Do Is Save You Money ) lemin Uo To MontK To Pwt vuo -Wlffi OiMlrflMI Pvrmum 0C. "F iduM Viriu Priced Nm. Cleout, Spacial SaK Ham, a Room PravnM PkWiw Umrtati CruamAMa on Cloaaoirt itcma. hoi . j tarns at mu aloraa. ham umiw as atioam. other ways, too. "Any time a city loses a business, it's tough on us," Smith said of the Big Apple's closing, "especially when it's a little town like this. You lose not only .the beer tax, but sales tax as well as the tax on anything else they buy as they come through. But it has not been as tremendous as one might expect." Though data are limited, Smith said, the city took in a little more than $5,400 from the wholesale beer tax in February, The city received nearly $6,900 in February 2001. Henry County Executive Brent Greer said countywide liquor tax revenue was down about 6',4 percent, and sales tax revenue has dropped 3.7 percent, although it's difficult to tell how much of that drop was caused by the recent recession. in 1 I . : i 7 ( m vmm m iliiD Wm , ' ' '' - - - i n -TT- II n 1 iiifr i - t - Item located at 1-Benton2-Supercenter316th St. ) v .. . .... . . ? not as good nov "I had expected we would have some leakage of sales tax revenue to Murray," Gr.eer said. "As people from our community go over there to eat, some of them go shopping while they're there. It's hard to analyze, no longer than it's been." ' Greer said the county is trying to lure a chain restaurant to Paris since the city now allows liquor sales in addition to beer. Although there have been some inquiries, the restaurants are also looking at Murray, made more attractive by its college population, Greer said. The university's 9,000 students provide both a work force and a customer base. "I felt all along that it would take a minimum of two years to interest a chain restaurant," Greer said. "We've had some discussions, but no one has made the final decision. I'm not surprised TZJZf auusfsess (llIJE&finilEi r SUPERCENTEN 3901 Hlnklavlll Highway 00 A Half Mil Eaat o Paducah, KY 442-44S9 1 0OO-788 OpK Dmily tO-r Sunday I f Frldmy 10 30S North Main StrMI Bamton, KV 527-3481 1-800 5U0 6224 "T.i"' 451 South leth SlrMt PaduuK, KY 442 443 1 800 4SO 6224 - we haven't been able to locate; chain at this time, especially with; the slowdown of the economy andj the expansion of restaurants! nationwide. I'm confident we'll bi; successful in getting one in thj' next 18 months." Puryear might get a lift sooj-; er. Chambers said he believes he; has found someone to lease the oJcj" home of the Apple, running it as!s family business. That's about thai; only viable option Chambers see? for being successful in the barj trade in Puryear now. "If we had wanted to, we coujd; have stayed there," Chambers-said. "We weren't going to go out of business. But we would jiavi"; had to go back to work as we did in the beginning." .! Chambers made it pretty clear; he preferred moving to Murra; As another weekday dinner rush' began in his restaurant, it's no! hard to see why. K V X 1 Hi Choose From The Best Name Brands Including... Thomasviffe Broyhill Henredon , LaneAction Simmons Serta Kincaid Keller Klausner La-Z-Boy American Sleep Ashley Pennsylvania House At Heming We Have Quality Home Furnishings At Prices You Can Afford! Come Into Fleming's 3 Locations And See Why This Is A Sale You Don't Want To Miss! Road 1-24 6224 i - :.: i.( 9

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