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Zoning Appeals board discusses proposed moonshine distillery

Published: 8:15 PM, 07/26/2013 Last updated: 8:16 PM, 07/26/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Newport Board of Zoning Appeals told Arvis Keys, the owner of a proposed moonshine distillery on Old Knoxville Highway, that he would be allowed to manufacture the liquor in the new business, and also have wholesale and retail sales of the beverage.

Keys said Cocke County Moonshine Distillery, the proposed name of the business, would be housed in a 7,500 square foot building he currently rents out to a discount carpet business. It is located behind Lucky Pawn Shop, which Keys also owns.

He said he will "start" with two 500-gallon copper pots that will make the moonshine. "I will aim (to produce) 20,000 gallons a month," he said.

Dennis Thornton, a former alderman and former city planning commissioner, said the zoning board members need to investigate the effect of the new business in such areas as increased traffic, the handling of waste by-products of the moonshine, and the fact that there's a large church on the same street.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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