ROGERSVILLE - With the
third and final reading of an ordinance, city officials have cleared the way for the location of two
liquor package stores in town. At its February 12 meeting the Rogersville
Board of Mayor and Aldermen BMA approved the ordinance setting the package store regulations,
including specifying that one will be located east of Depot Street and one will be located west of
the street. The board also approved, on final reading, ordinances relating to
liquor by the drink rules for area restaurants and renaming the city's Beer Board the
Rogersville Alcohol Beverage Board, as well as expanding the board's duties to include liquor
related responsibilities. Voters in Rogersville approved liquor referendums
in the November 2012 election. Although the legal frame work is now in
place, City Recorder Bill Lyons said individuals interested in owning a liquor package store will
still have a few hurdles to clear. "We'll start accepting applications
March 1 and they need to be turned in by March 15," Lyons explained. The
recorder said applications will then be "juried" by the local Alcohol Beverage Board, to select
the two applicants, then forwarded to state officials to make sure the applicants meet state
standards. "With everything involved and that needs to be done I would say it
will be late April or May before we finally give the okay to open a store," Lyons explained.
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