Two-Girdle Argument Does Not Help Bar On Wilder Street Avoid New Beer License Suspension

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Two bars were issued suspensions at the meeting of the Chattanooga Beer Board Thursday morning. 

A second violation for the same offense in three months involved Jay’s at 1914 Wilder St. On the morning of Sept. 21, Chattanooga Police Officer John Collins said he noticed multiple cars in the parking lot at 3:05 a.m. Upon entering, he observed a dozen people with drinks and brown bags on the tables.

The owner, Johna Douglas, was behind the bar at the time and told him she was in the process of clearing the bar. She appeared at the hearing before the Beer Board and said the drinks on the tables were just water and the bottles were empty. She said those present at the time were herself, two people that work at the bar, two people there to repair a restroom and only six customers.  She said she generally begins the process of closing at 2:30 a.m. but had allowed customers to stay and use the restroom since only one had been in working order that night.

One of the customers that had been sitting at a table served as a witness for Ms. Douglas. She said she was one of the people in line at 2:30. “It took me about 15 minutes” in the restroom “because I had on two girdles,” she said. "Then my sister and two others were still in line."

Board member Kevin McKenna told Ms. Douglas that all the cars in the parking lot made it appear that the bar was still open. Andre Harriman told her that she should be in control over the patrons, and Phillip Sallee said people cannot be there after the closing time of 3 a.m., and that “it seems like you would have erred on the side of caution” since the business had just gone through a nine-day suspension in July. For this second offense, the board voted five to four to suspend the beer license for 30 days beginning next Thursday.

The charge of having gambling devices resulted in a three-day suspension of the beer license for Paddy’s Bar and Grill at 5603 Hixson Pike. Prior to the night of the Aug. 7 bar check, undercover officers had been at the establishment after receiving a complaint and observed people playing gambling machines. Officer Collins and Officer Mark Haskins responded with the vice squad the night of the bar check. They saw two video poker gambling machines out in the open that were plugged in and operable. They also found gambling slips for a NASCAR pool. The police seized $246 from the machines and an envelope that was marked “NASCAR Pool.”

Officer Collins said the machines had “knock-off switches” which makes them illegal. A credit is registered when money is put in the machine to begin playing. As play continues, more credits are earned. The switch is used to end the game and the player receives money for the credits registered on the machine at that time. Additionally, he told the board that an informant had seen the owner, William Pritchett, meeting an individual on Monday mornings to hand over money from the prior weekend.

The board voted 8 to 1 to suspend the bar’s license to sell beer for three days beginning next Thursday.

The board was functioning as the Wrecker Board approved the application for a wrecker license from Carter Towing at 7438 Lee Highway. This company has been in business in Chattanooga for 15 years and has a second location on Dodds Avenue. 

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN  8729 MILLARD LEE LANE CHATTANOOGA, 37416  Age at Arrest: 35 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FAILURE TO APPEAR --- ADAMS, KAREN ANNETTE  1707 FOUT STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 56 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County PASSING ... (click for more)

City Attorney Proposes New Policy To Dispose Of City Records

City Attorney Wade Hinton proposed a new policy for the retention and disposition of city records at Tuesday afternoon’s City Council meeting.   “Unfortunately we have had a culture of ‘Keep Everything,’” Attorney Wade stated, referring to the city documents that have been “floating” around since the 1980s. “The unfortunate thing is that we keep these documents all over…and ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)

Red Bank Girls Stay Unbeaten With 53-51 Win Over Soddy Daisy

The Red Bank Lionettes pulled out a 53-51 victory over the Soddy Daisy Lady Trojans on Tuesday night at Red Bank's Susan Ingram Thurman Gymnasium, but the win was more signicant for Red Bank coach Bailey McGinnis than probably any she'll celebrate the rest of the season. You see, her older brother Drew Lyness is the Soddy Daisy coach and he had bragging rights after winning both ... (click for more)

Heights Powered By Sharp-Shooting Canadians

The three Canadian prep basketball stars that transferred to Hamilton Heights prior to the 2015-16 season put on a strong shooting performance Tuesday afternoon in the Hawks’ 76-54 victory over Central Park in a game played at Birmingham Southern. Therren Szmidt, Shai Alexander and Nickeil Walker combined for 52 points and 19-of-35 shooting, including 9-of-17 from 3-point ... (click for more)