Shelbyville to consider allowing distilleries - WKRN News 2

Shelbyville to consider allowing distilleries

Jack Daniel's and George Dickel could get some local competition if the Shelbyville city council allows small beer or liquor distilleries to operate in the city limits.

A new law, effective July 1 legalizes distilleries, as long as a city doesn't opt out within 45 days.

"It seems to have generated a little discussion," said Jay Johnson, Shelbyville city manager. "But more from the fact that hey, I'd like to see something like that, there hasn't been, to my knowledge anyone expressing concerns."

Shelbyville, in Bedford County, may be the first to decide whether to opt out of the new law.

"We have a regular city council study session, [Tuesday] evening and this item is on the agenda for discussion purposes only," said Johnson, adding, "There has been no proposal for a distillery,  there's been no proposal to opt out of the law. It's strictly on the agenda for discussion."

Shelbyville is just 16 miles from the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg.

Shelbyville resident Deborah Obenchian told Nashville's News 2 she thinks it might be a good idea to give Jack Daniels a little competition.

"I can't find anything wrong with it Jack Daniels has been there for years, it seems to bring in lots of revenue which is always a good thing," she said.

The law takes effect in any city that doesn't opt out within 45 days.
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