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VOL. 124 | NO. 125 | Monday, June 29, 2009

Law Allows Distilled Spirits in Approving Counties

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - County governments can decide whether they want distilleries to be located in their communities under a proposal signed by the governor.

Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the measure into law on Thursday and it takes effect immediately.

The proposal had originally would have automatically allowed distilleries in any county that had previously approved liquor sales in restaurants and package stores.

But sponsors reached a compromise that allows county governments to opt in or out.

Currently, the production of distilled spirits is legal in only three Tennessee counties: Moore, Coffee and Lincoln. Those counties’ spirits include Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, George Dickel Whisky and Prichard's rum.

Sponsors say the law is meant to give craft distilleries the same opportunity as wineries in the state.

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Read SB1955 at http://www.capitol.tn.gov

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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