published Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Judge vacates revocation of Midtown Music Hall’s beer permit

Attorneys talk with Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, right, in Hamilton County Chancery Court concerning a revoked beer sales permit at Midtown Music Hall in this file photo from January. From left are Buddy Presley, Chattanooga City Attorney Kenneth Fritz, Timothy R. Simonds and Chancellor Atherton.
Attorneys talk with Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, right, in Hamilton County Chancery Court concerning a revoked beer sales permit at Midtown Music Hall in this file photo from January. From left are Buddy Presley, Chattanooga City Attorney Kenneth Fritz, Timothy R. Simonds and Chancellor Atherton.
Photo by Tim Barber.

A local judge has ruled that the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board cannot revoke Midtown Music Hall’s beer permit on grounds that it is a “disorderly place.”

Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton signed his final order on the dispute Wednesday, which was entered into the public record Thursday.

The city can appeal the decision, but the city attorney could not be reached for comment Friday.

The order details complaints from both sides, which have been in dispute since the beer board revoked the club’s permit following a fight near the establishment on Aug. 14, 2011.

The board first tried to revoke the permit on the basis that the club had multiple violations, but Atherton ruled earlier this year that the violations did not happen within a 12-month period, a requirement under state law for revocation.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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