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Chattanooga whiskey bill could get tangled up in Gatlinburg-centered dispute

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) --  Things could get risky for a bill allowing whiskey distilling in Chattanooga during a House subcommittee this afternoon, the measure's sponsor said.

Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lacassas, charged his bill has been caught up in a Gatlinburg-centered dispute with Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, which already operates a distillery, trying to kill the measure because the company fears the measure would allow a would-be competitor in Gatlinburg from locating a 1,000 yards away.

Carr's bill, requested by most members of the Hamilton County delegation, amends a 2009 state law he passed allowing county commissions to approve the manufacture of whiskey.

Hamilton County was excluded from the original bill. Under a compromise, the bill would allow officials cities in Hamilton County in which voters have approved liquor-by-the-drink and local package referendums to OK whiskey distilleries.

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