Beer News Updates (local control contrasts)

Sunday Morning Sales in JCity
Beer is now available at the crack of dawn on Sundays at Johnson City locations holding off-premise licenses, the Johnson City Press reports.
On Thursday, the City Commission voted 4-1 to allow Sunday beer sales to begin at 8 a.m. The new ordinance rolls forward the beer “start time” by four hours and repeals the old ordinance which allowed beer sales to begin at noon.
Commissioner Ralph Van Brocklin voted against the measure, as he did during each of the three readings. He has held that people have plenty of time to buy alcohol and extending the hours could be furthering alcohol use around recreational activities. He also said any new revenues from earlier sales would be negligible.
Meanwhile, in Monterey…
MONTEREY, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to permit beer sales in the town of Monterey has failed in the board of mayor and aldermen.
According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, citizens at a meeting of the board expressed opposition to the effort. (
An ordinance would have created a beer board and adopted regulations for the storage, distribution and sale of beer for off premise consumption.
Mayor Jeff Hicks said the Putnam County town needs revenue, and taxes may have to go up. He also said beer would still be bought elsewhere even if it were not sold in the city.
A motion to approve the ordinance failed for lack of a motion.

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