JASPER, TN. (Times Free Press) -- After the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the annexation of the south side of U.S. Highway 41 to an area known as Shellmound Business Park, liquor-selling business owners in the newly annexed area said they should be allowed to stay open until 3 a.m.
Jasper's ordinance required those types of businesses to close at midnight and, at the time, City Attorney Mark Raines told those business owners they would have to comply with the town's rules.
When city officials found out those business owners were preparing to challenge the legality of the annexation, Raines dug deeper into state laws on the issue.
Raines said that in 2001 the state's original liquor-by-the-drink statute included a provision for municipalities to opt out of the hours it set, and Jasper did, choosing to set the closing time at midnight.