Andy Patel at D&D Shell in Science Hill holds petitions calling for a local option election in Pulaski County. Patel said D&D’s weekend business has been severely curtailed as potential customers bypass his station heading to Somerset where beer is sold at most service stations and wine and liquor is now readily available.
“The way I see things, people living in Eubank or down in Jabez or down in Sloans Valley, I just don’t feel that they should have to drive several miles to get into the Somerset city limits to buy a six-pack of beer if they want it,” he said. “I’ve talked to a lot of people about it so I took it by the horns, spearheaded it, and when I start something, I finish it. You can put that down as a fact.”
A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.