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Liquor store regulations worked on in special meeting

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

There was a special meeting held before the regular meeting to further examine the regulations for liquor stores Monday. 

Several issues were worked out, including the time that they would have to close. 9 p.m. had been suggested in a previous meeting, but City Attorney Gino Marchetti said the city has no power to do that. The state requires they are allowed to be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“They said we’re the boss, and you can’t make it less,” said Marchetti of the state’s decision. That decision was made by the Attorney General back in 1977. 

Fifteen days after the ordinance is passed on second reading, it will go into effect. People would have 10 days to apply, and the applications would be discussed at the next scheduled Alcoholic Beverage Board meeting, then recommended to the Board of Commissioners. Then it would go to the State of Tennessee to see if they qualified. 

The original regulations were passed on first reading back in November, but since they have gone through so many changes, it will have to come back up for first reading at the next meeting. 

Some issues that were decided on Monday were changing the unified development code of the city modifying the regulations for retail liquor stores and to change the name of the Beer Board to the Alcoholic Beverage Board. 

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