published Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Whiskey distillery bill passes, on way to Tennessee governor

NASHVILLE — A whiskey distillery bill is on its way to the governor after the Senate agreed to a House amendment.

Senators voted 23-6 on the House provision, which they rejected Wednesday.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, apologized for confusion he caused by not adequately explaining the House changes, which put back distance requirements inadvertently taken out by the Senate previously in an amendment.

He also assured colleagues that while distilleries will be able to sell their product on Sundays to visitors who watch operations and want a souvenir, it would not allow regular package stores to open.

The bill expands the original 2009 law and includes Hamilton County, where Chattanooga Whiskey Co. hopes to open a distillery to manufacture its own product locally.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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