Hamilton state lawmakers mulling distillery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Members of Hamilton County's state legislative delegation say they're mulling a request from county commissioners to allow local whiskey distilling.

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, a Democrat from Chattanooga, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press she believes at least five members of the seven-member delegation will support including the county in a recently-passed statute. State Rep. Richard Floyd, a Chattanooga Republican, said last week he remains adamantly opposed.

The brand Chattanooga Whiskey is currently distilled under contract in Indiana because Hamilton County requested to not be included when the statute passed in 2009.

Delegation chairman Rep. Bo Watson, a Republican, said he wants any inclusion limited to areas where voters have already approved liquor by the drink and package sales referendums.


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