Beer Board considering new ordinance

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Beer Board briefly discussed a potential solution to a beer problem Tuesday morning. “We’ve had a couple of instances recently where beer permits have been granted within very close proximity to churches,” Courtney Reedy, counsel to the city attorney, told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, Tuesday. The current proposal would restrict businesses within 2,000 feet of a school, church and even a licensed daycare facility from being eligible for a beer license. It’s a problem the pastor of Devout Temple Holiness Church has already had to address. “We felt like they should have already had an ordinance that would not allow them to be within so many feet,” Pastor Charles Robinson said. Robinson said the church is hoping the city will prevent what’s happened there from happening elsewhere. “You got a lot of churches that are next to places that could get beer licenses, and my concern is if they did it to me, they could do it to others,” Robinson said. The city said if passed, the current beer licenses would not be affected. “Businesses that already have permits would be grandfathered in, but any businesses that apply from there on out would have to comply,” Reedy said. The Beer Board said it plans on presenting the proposal to the city council at the July meeting. The ordinance will need to be passed twice in order to take effect.

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