Brushy Mountain Distillery Referendum Passes Two to One — News — Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WECO News Director Judy Byrge interviews Brian May of the Brushy Mountain Group following Tuesday's special referendum election.
WECO News Director Judy Byrge interviews Brian May of the Brushy Mountain Group following Tuesday’s special referendum election.

Carrying every district in the county but Oakdale a special referendum to allow a moonshine distillery has passed by a two to one vote margin. The approval of the referendum will allow plans to move forward for the distillery to locate in Morgan County at the historic Brushy Mountain Prison in Petros.

Brian May from the Brushy Mountain Group that wants to develop the property reacts to the results of Tuesday’s election.

MAY: “Just a big exhale and a big inhale. Essentially we’ve got to work now. Meetings with the state and try to get that moving. The more we know with the state, the more we will communicate up here and let everyone know our progress.”

Susie Kries serves as chairman of the Morgan County Commission and she has been a staunch supporter of the proposal.

KRIES: “Well, the people of Morgan County have spoken and we are thrilled to death about this. I am just ecstatic about what it bring into Morgan County and hopefully some relief to the taxpayers.”

The Brushy Mountain Group says it will still take months before they are up and running because there will still be lots of paperwork and red tape to work through regarding the transfer of the property. The final vote count on the referendum is 2369 votes in favor and 1145 votes against.


Forrest FireThere is a brush fire reported in the Deer Lodge area this morning 2278 Nashville Highway. According to E911 dispatcher a call came in reporting the fire at about 6:10 this morning. Volunteer firefighters, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and forestry department have all been dispatched.


operation_christmas_childOperation Christmas Child is in full swing. Paula Sewell is the coordinator for a multi-county area that includes Morgan, Scott and Fentress Counties.

SEWELL: “Operation Christmas Child is a way for us to send love in a shoebox to children who may never ever have opportunity except through that shoebox to hear about Jesus. This is done through Samaritan’s Purse. We do it here in the state and all over the world. We reach out to 130 different countries. It’s stuff in a shoe box with things we here in America take for granted. Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, wash cloth, paper and pencil.”

It is not too late for your church, school or group to get involved.

SEWELL: “We start collection November 18th through 25th. That’s at Jamestown First Baptist. You can come over anytime during that week or call me and if you can’t get the boxes to us, we will gladly come and get them or you can drop off with one of the other churches.”

If you would like more information, you may contact Sewell at (931) 267-9761



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