Cherokee Marshal's Office

Over a dozen businesses were caught selling alcohol to people under 21 in a countywide sweep Thursday, according to the Cherokee Marshal’s Office.

Volunteers aged 16 to 20 attempted to purchase alcohol in the sweep, conducted by the marshal’s office, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock police. Fourteen out of 89 restaurants and convenience stores visited sold alcohol to the volunteers. Employees who sold alcohol to an underage person were issued a citation.

“We would like to thank our law enforcement and civilian partners who participated in this operation,” Chief Marshal Jamie Gianfala said in a statement. “Selling alcohol to minors in Cherokee County will not be ignored and with prom and graduation seasons just around the corner the timing of this could not have been better. We would also like to thank the businesses who did their part in protecting our youth by refusing to sell alcohol to minors.”

The following locations were cited for underage sales:

♦ Quick Trip -1490 Riverstone Parkway, Canton

♦ Shell — 226 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock

♦ Chevron — 6880 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock

♦ Valero — 8769 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock

♦ Uncle Jack’s Spirits — 200 Crown Avenue, Holly Springs

♦ Publix — 12424 Cumming Highway, Canton

♦ Chevron — 5195 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock

♦ Food Store — 7995 Midway Road, Alpharetta

♦ Food Mart- 12099 Cumming Highway Canton

♦ Chevron — 9068 Highway 92, Woodstock

♦ Exxon One Stop — 11240 Cumming Highway, Canton

♦ Canton Food Mart — 2880 Lower Union Hill, Canton

♦ Chevron — 875 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock

♦ One Stop Package Depot — 4088 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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Freehome Publix is a surprise. That place has always harassed me for ID even with a white haired beard sticking out from the facemask in 2020.

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