Chattanooga Whiskey Company Owner Says Over 300 People Signed Up For County Commission Meeting

Monday, November 12, 2012

One of the owners of the Chattanooga Whiskey Company says over 300 people have signed up to attend a County Commission meeting on Thursday in support of an effort to be able to produce whiskey in Hamilton County.

Joe Ledbetter said in an email to supporters, "Our journey to 'Bring Whiskey Back To Chattanooga' has been an exciting (humbling... tiring...and frustrating) experience that I highly doubt would have gained much or any traction without the support of people like you.

"With that said, the next 14 days are extremely important for the future of our company! Tim (Piersant) and I will be going before the Hamilton County Commission next Thursday, November 15th at 9:30AM to present the economic impact that a distillery will have on Hamilton County/Chattanooga. Currently we have 306 people that have RSVP'd to stand with us in front of the commissioners and we would like to invite you to join us as well.

"The actual VOTE (assuming all goes as planned) will occur on the following Wednesday, November 21st at 9:30AM. We remain optimistic that the Commissioners will vote in favor of the resolution that will ask our Tennessee State Legislators to add Hamilton County back to the 2009 Bill, from which we were originally excluded. We're calling it the #VoteWhiskey campaign."

Hamilton County was taken out of a statewide bill on whiskey production, and it will take action of the County Commission to move the issue forward. 

The firm is in business selling "Chattanooga Whiskey," but the product is now made out of state. 
 



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