Jackson beer board suspends 1, fines 8 others

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The City of Jackson Beer Board on Friday found nine businesses guilty of serving underage drinkers. For a single hearing, board chair Charles Rahm said this is some of the most offenses they’ve seen. “This is due to an increased effort by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission to do some undercover operations,” Rahm said. Staff from all nine businesses presented reasons for the violations to the board before punishments were handed down. Four Restaurants and one convenience store, Picasso Bistro & Pizzeria, Don Pancho II, Red Lobster, Hot Spot and The Wingery are given the maximum fine of $1,500. Tapp Bar and Grill, West Alley Barbecue and Smokehouse and Genghis Grill are given a lesser fine of $1, 000. “Three of them had already gone through some training that’s offered through the ABC, which in turn reduced their fine,” Rahm said. All fines are due within 10 days or the businesses could receive a 30-day suspension. The Blues and Rock Empoureum and Eatery on Vann Drive will not be allowed to serve beer for the next 10 days, following the board’s decision to suspend its license. “The lack of interest in the solution to me seems like it might be part of the problem,” Jackson City Attorney Louis Cobb said during the meeting. Board members said owner Ben Fowler’s absence from the hearing played into the decision. All of the businesses said they’ve added new training and tools to prevent future violations.

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