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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hours of wine and beer sales in Newport are extended
Members of the Newport City Council, meeting Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance that extends the hours of Sunday sales of beer and wine at local grocery stores. Council members modified the hours to conform to the hours of liquor stores recently extended by the Tennessee General Assembly. During the week the sales are prohibited between 3 am and 8 am. On Sundays, sales will be prohibited between 1 am and 10 am. Alderman Bobby Knight voted against the ordinance, but Vice Mayor Mike Proffitt characterized the move as an effort to "level the playing field" for grocery stores. The Cocke County Legislative Body recently voted against extending the hours of beer sales. City Manager James Finchum told the council that work is continuing on a project to add sidewalks in needed areas. He also said a trucking firm will be held liable for a recent incident in which a newly installed traffic light was torn down near the library on East Broadway. Gretta Carr reported that a recent cleanup of the Jones Hill neighborhood and the Tanner Building, saw 15 bags of trash collected. A total of 27 high schoolers participated in the event and earned needed hours of community service under the Tennessee Promise program. Carr also detailed several upcoming events associated with the Great American Cleanup. A cleanup of Douglas Lake is planned for 9 am on March 23, A Spring Clean recycling event is scheduled for April 27 in the Lowes parking lot. Household hazardous waste, electronics and any other items will be accepted. On May 6 an event will offer a clean-up of visitors cars at the Hartford Welcome Center from 11 am till 1 pm, and a cleanup of the Pigeon River is planned for Hartford on June 2. The endeavor was a joint project of the Tanner Preservation Alliance and Keep Cocke County Beautiful. City Planner Gary Carver reported that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved the drawings of the planned rehab of the Tanner Building. He said bids should be opened in April for the upgrades. The council approved modified general orders for the police department to bring them into compliance with state regulations. At the request of Lynn Ramsey of the Partnership Chamber of Commerce, the council gave its approval to planned events later this year; four planned downtown concerts on the Pigeon River, the Harvest Street Festival this Fall and the Christmas parade. Council members also re-appointed L.C. Gregg to a seat on the Newport Beer Board.

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