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|Winery Delayed in County
|The Knox County Board heard from residents at last night's meeting on the possibility of starting a winery within County limits.
In August, the County's Finance Committee learned of the winery - which is supposed to be located in an area outside Knoxville.
During that time, the County approved an amendment to the City's liquor licenses to allow for the production of wine within County limits after a provision allowing its production had been taken out the year before.
At last night's County Board meeting, however, the winery's location had resident's out to support a decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals to deny a conditional use permit by the winery.
Doctor Holly Weidenhammer, who is part owner of the potential winery, says the winery is not like a bar, it's supposed to grow tourism.
"This is not a Country Corner, its not something where there's going to be 150 people coming daily, you know its not a bar that's open til two a-m and we'd just like that to be taken into consideration," says Weidenhammer.
Residents spoke both in favor and against the winery at its proposed location - but the County had the privilege of deciding whether or not to confirm the Zoning Board's decision.
Many were concerned about the potential increase in traffic on the Flesher Road if the winery draws tourists.
The Board decided to table the matter along with sending it back to the Zoning Board for further consideration before making its decision after it was explained new information was available.
|09 26 13 by Newsroom
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