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Fentress County authorities make massive moonshine bust

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"It's played a major role in the area for the last 100 years. But most people under 60 haven't seen a moonshine still. That's why we have it on display. In a day or two we'll take it down and put it in evidence," Sheriff Tony Choate said. "It's played a major role in the area for the last 100 years. But most people under 60 haven't seen a moonshine still. That's why we have it on display. In a day or two we'll take it down and put it in evidence," Sheriff Tony Choate said.
Officers found a moonshine still and 78 quart jars of strong, high-quality moonshine packaged to sell. Investigators believe the concoction is over 100 proof. Officers found a moonshine still and 78 quart jars of strong, high-quality moonshine packaged to sell. Investigators believe the concoction is over 100 proof.
The going rate for a quart jar of home brewed moonshine is $25, according to Sheriff Choate. The going rate for a quart jar of home brewed moonshine is $25, according to Sheriff Choate.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CLARKRANGE (WATE) – Investigators have pulled the plug on an active moonshine operation.

Fentress County investigators went into the home in Clarkrange for a case involving drugs and guns. During the investigation, they also found a moonshine still and 78 quart jars of strong, high-quality moonshine packaged to sell. Investigators believe the concoction is over 100 proof.

"You can see it was packaged for resale. They've been doing this for several years," explained Sheriff Tony Choate as he showed us the jars and the device used to manufacture the moonshine.

Residents in Clarkrange where the bust took place say they aren't surprised. Marty Robbins tells us an operation of that nature is not uncommon.

"The kind of moonshine you get in the hills is nothing like what you get in the store. It's good, I ain't gonna lie," he said, about the popularity of home brewed moonshine in the area.

Despite the crime, the sheriff believes it's part of the area's heritage. He placed the still on display at the sheriff's office.

"It's played a major role in the area for the last 100 years. But most people under 60 haven't seen a moonshine still. That's why we have it on display. In a day or two we'll take it down and put it in evidence," Sheriff Choate said.

The going rate for a quart jar of home brewed moonshine is $25, according to Sheriff Choate.

This is still an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been made yet. Officers expect to release more details in the case next week.

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