State Rep. Eddie Yokley, D-Greeneville, did not request that Cocke County be exempt from having the ability to license distilleries as stated in an Ear to the Ground item last week. In order for a county to license distilleries, the county had to ask to be put on the list. A spokesman said Yokley did not put Cocke County on the list to allow distilleries since he did not have a “green light” from the Cocke County Commission to do so. The legislation does allow Cocke County Commission to pass a resolution and apply to the Secretary of State’s office to be included on the list of counties able to license alcohol distilleries.

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CockeCountyRes writes:

Per the piece published on January 13, 2010:

First of all, by saying that Rep. Yokley is "not the sharpest knife in the drawer" it just shows what kind of petty a$$, half-whitted, talentless hacks that try to pass as journalists these days. You should publically apologize and be ashamed of yourself.

Second off, if you will take a second to look at the crime statistics in Cocke County--where I reside--it shows that many, if not most, crimes are alcohol related. DUI's, DWI's, domestic violence, etc, etc...

Now I am all for industrial development in our community (I have two family members who are jobless) alcoholic beverage distillation is not te soloution. We need manufacturing jobs and companies that will headquarter themselves in our existing industrial development zone.

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