Thursday, February 17, 2011

Council Gives Final OK To Package Store Rules

The Cookeville city council has given final passage to ordinances establishing the allowable locations of retail package liquor stores in town. City voters agreed to the establishment of such stores in a referendum last year. Under the revised ordinances approved last night, the council set the north side of I-40 as the boundary for stores along South Jefferson or South Willow Avenue.  That moves them further away from places like the Cookeville Rescue Mission, which is located south of the Interstate.  An attempt by Councilman Larry Epps to also prohibit the stores along North Washington Avenue failed for lack of a second.  Meanwhile, the council also has decided not to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages at the city's Fall Funfest, but they ARE still looking to provide that option to vendors at Dogwood Park and at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. The council passed motions last night requesting that the Tennessee General Assembly amend a portion of state law defining where it's allowable to sell such beverages. City manager Jim Shipley says beer sales are allowed under current law, but a change in state law would be needed to allow the sale of wine.