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Town approves select alcohol sales

By Meg Dickens

The Mountain City Beer Board met at City Hall last week to discuss beer permit applications for local grocery stores PriceLess Foods and Food Country.
The very detailed permits unanimously by the board include demands such as having separate public bathrooms available for both male and female patrons. According to City Recorder Sheila Shaw, the ordinance names not satisfying these conditions as “unlawful.”
Price Less was only waiting on board approval to start sales. Food Country received coolers and deliveries this past week, making them ready as of Friday, October 11.
Food Country Manager and representative Daryel Robinson reports that Food Country is considering carrying wine, while PriceLess has not considered this at their location.
“I think this is a good thing,” said Robinson. “It’s keeping tax revenue here. We need tax revenue to help this town grow.”
City Mayor Kevin Parsons confirmed that a liquor store in Mountain City could open as soon as next month. Robert Blackwell’s Mountain Spirits store passed all local guidelines and is waiting for state approval. Parsons and Shaw estimate that Blackwell’s store at the Pioneer Shopping Center will open by the end of November.
On related news, Parsons confirmed that the City Council approved Sunday beer sales starting at 12:01 PM. County Mayor Mike Taylor confirms that the County Commissioners will discuss this issue for the county at their meeting on Thursday, October 17. The County Commissioners’ meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Johnson County Courthouse at 6 PM.