Lisa Rutherford the interim director of the Morgan County Economic Development Board says she has received the go ahead to present a petition to the county clerk to request a referendum to allow a moonshine distillery to locate at the historic Brushy Mountain Prison in Petros.
Rutherford has been going through page after page of signatures comparing them to the list of registered voters in Morgan County to be sure the required 700 signatures have been obtained.
RUTHERFORD: “I’ve gotten a total of 1,396 signatures. Out of 1,396 signatures, approximately 923 I have verified that are registered voters and they have signed and printed their names correctly and their address matches up also.”
Morgan County’s Administrator of Elections Tim Sweat explains what will happen after County Clerk Cheryl Collins receives the request.
SWEAT: “Whoever is interested would submit that petition of signatures to the County Clerk. Then the County Clerk would give me a certified copy to go through and check the names and compare signatures and addresses of all those who have signed it until we get at least a margin over the minimum required number of signatures.”
If the Election Commission office is able to verify the required number of signatures, the petition would be certified and sent back to the County Clerk to present to the County Commission.
SWEAT: “Then at some meeting in the future they would be required to pass a resolution to hold the election. Whenever they decide to do that, pass that resolution – it may be the next meeting or it may be so many down the road – but once they pass that resolution, then the Election Commission, our office, would have 45 to 60 days in order to hold the election.”
The Brushy Mountain Group will hold a public meeting at Petros-Joyner School on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. They will outline their plans for the historic prison site which includes prison tours, horse stables and trails, an RV park and a restaurant.
Glenn Thackston with the Vol Network talks this new season of Tennessee Football under new head coach Butch Jones.
THACKSTON: “We’re excited about our 26th season with Bob Kesling hosting the show and Brent Hubbs will be along to co-host it so we’re looking forward to getting another season kicked off.”
Tonight’s show will feature an interview with Coach Jones.
THACKSTON: “We will have a pretty extensive taped interview with Coach Jones tonight. He cannot be there because the UT Alumni Association is actually throwing a welcome back barbecue for the coaching staff and the student athletes tonight on campus. There’s going to be about 15-hundred people there. I think they’ve sold it out. So that’s why Coach Jones will not be onsite tonight. He will be next week and throughout the season.”
Thackston says excitement is building across the state as it nears football time here in Tennessee.
THACKSTON: “I think we can all feel the energy across the State of Tennessee and everywhere that we go and everybody that we’ve talked to the optimism and the hope and the excitement that Coach Jones as brought to the Tennessee program.”
Thackston says WECO plays an important role for Vol fans in this area.
THACSTON: “We just appreciate WECO being our Vol Network Station in that part of Tennessee and being a beacon for us.”
Bob Kesling, the voice of the Tennessee Volunteers and UT’s director of broadcasting, serves as the show’s host and is joined by Vol Network veteran Brent Hubbs to answer questions and provide insight into University of Tennessee athletics. Once football season kicks off, University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones will appear on-site at Calhoun’s On the River during game weeks to answer questions from the live audience and take calls for approximately 30 minutes. Kesling, Hubbs and Coach Jones will be joined by former Vol standouts like Jeff Francis and Pat Ryan among others as rotating special guests.
Located on the Tennessee River in the shadows of Neyland Stadium, this will be the second year for Calhoun’s On the River serving as the home of “Vol Calls”. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun’s is one of Tennessee’s most famous landmark restaurants. Calhoun’s will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two corporate hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, some shows during the season will be held out on the restaurant’s large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.
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