Chattanooga Whiskey To Locate At 4th And Broad Rather Than The Southside

Thursday, October 31, 2013
New site for distillery
New site for distillery

Chattanooga Whiskey will locate downtown at Fourth and Broad streets at the former John Ross Building rather than the Southside, it was announced Thursday.

Tim Piersant, co-founder with Joe Ledbetter on the first whiskey operation in the county since Prohibition days, said the heavy-traffic site is a better opportunity. He also noted that the four-story building that was once used by Newton Chevrolet has 60,000 square feet of space.

The $6 million project is expected to launch next spring and be open by the fall of 2014.

Mr. Piersant said visitors will be able to tour all four floors and watch the whiskey-making operation.

He said the building will have a new attractive facade.

It will be renamed The Tennessee Stillhouse.

Distilling, aging and bottling will all take part in the building.

The location is near where the Chattanooga Brewing Company once had a similar operation.

Chris Anderson, city councilman for District 7, called it "the biggest downtown development since the Aquarium."

He said it "will greatly enhance our reputation as a tourist destination." 

Thomas Palmer, architect for the project, said, "Transforming this building will not only improve and bring more attention to Chattanooga's downtown, but will also help a local business grow and become something significant."

Initial employment will be 25, and it is expected to double after the first year.

The project was made possible after the Legislature passed special enabling legislaton.

Chattanooga Whiskey has been selling an Indiana-made product with a local label.

The city already has several beer micro-breweries, but not a whiskey distiller.

Tim Piersant
Tim Piersant

Recently Found Audio Of Ronald Reagan's Visit To Chattanooga In 1976

This recently found audio of Governor Ronald Reagan's visit to Chattanooga, on May 21, 1976, on a campaign stop. He spoke at Tennessee Temple College. At the end of Mr. Reagan's talk there are remarks by then Chattanooga Mayor Pat Rose and Dr. Lee Roberson, longtime pastor of Highland Park Baptist and Tennessee Temple. (click for more)

Walker County Arrest Report For Aug. 25-31

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Aug. 25-31: ALEXANDER    MATTHEW    TODD    W/M    35    Officer CARTER    BATTERY FVA RUSSELL    CASEY    LEWIS    W/M    30    Officer OWENS    SUSPENDED ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)