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Beer Board will reconvene to ensure validity of penalties

The Johnson County Beer Board met on Tuesday, July 17th regarding the sale of beer to minors by five local establishments during a countywide undercover operation. The businesses that failed compliance checks were Big Loui’s Midway, Quick Stop #47, Doe Creek Beverage, Town and Country and Big Loui’s on Route 421.  
Tennessee law stipulates individuals selling beer to someone under the age of 21 can be charged by local court systems with providing alcohol to a minor. However, the establishment where the violation occurred is subject to fees and fines under the local beer boards. The State of Tennessee stipulates the beer board may penalize establishments with ten days suspended license or up to a $1,500 fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to a minor, and it is considered a Class A misdemeanor.  A second offense is a Class E felony.
A motion was passed to permanently revoke the beer license in the State of Tennessee for Mr. Sherburne, Sr., the owner of Big Loui’s on Route 421. Doe Creek Beverage, Quick Stop #47 and Town and Country all received $200 fines each at the meeting. Janette Coeburn, owner of Big Loui’s Midway, was charged $600 for non-compliance and not appearing before the county’s beer board. Each representative from the locations that were present at the meeting stated they no longer employed the person found violating the law by selling alcohol to a minor.
Tennessee law requires notice must be given to the general public announcing public meetings. Tennessee’s Sunshine laws, also known as the Open Meetings Act, states that all meetings, state, county or local, are considered public meetings. They must be posted in a location that gives everyone the opportunity to be aware of the meeting and to attend.  The notice must be in a location where community members would be aware of the notice, the purpose of the meeting must be described and the notice must be placed in advance of the meeting to give people adequate time to attend. Decisions made in a meeting that has not followed the regulations surrounding this law could be considered null and void.
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