Hamilton County commissioners today voted to exempt the unincorporated county from the so-called whiskey law, effectively barring liquor manufacturers from operating in those areas.
If residents in unincorporated areas want to allow distilleries in the future, they will have to pass a referendum on a general election ballot to do so.
Commissioner Jim Fields moved to amend the initial resolution to specifically include that residents could vote on a referendum on the matter.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...