|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.
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