Property Owners Challenge Reopening of Jackson Bar

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A local businessman wants to open a bar and grill in the same spot where a Haywood County sheriff‘s deputy was shot and killed in 2008. Byron Golden says the venue he wants to open, the Bluesville Bar and Grill, will cater to an older crowd. He says they also plan to serve lunch. Golden met with the Beer Board on Wednesday to request a permit. “There’s lots of bars and grills around and there’s not always problems at bars and grills,” Golden said. In 2008, Ollie Bond, a Haywood County sheriff‘s deputy, was shot and killed outside the business formally known as Spanky‘s Bar and Grill. Property owners nearby say they do not like the idea because of the history of the establishment that we there before. “They would drink out there in our parking lot, bust beer bottles, and throw beer cans all over the parking lot and we had to clean them up,” Stanley Heath said, a nearby property owner. Heath says he does not want the beer board to issue Golden a beer permit. “It’s [going to] cause the same problems it did before, and we trying to eliminate that,” Heath said. Golden says he welcomes police patrols. “I respectfully disagree with their opinion,” Golden said. No decision was made on Wednesday, but the Beer Board plans to revisit the issue on May 6.

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