|The cost to run two elections to bring liquor stores
to Loudon County, $40,000.00, The cost to obtain a certified LLC from
the state, $300. The look on Ed Bell's face when he didn't get his
permit to open a liquor store in Loudon, PRICELESS!
Just imagine if you had put as much energy, time and money into bringing liquor stores to Loudon County as Ed Bell and company have only to see your chances to open a liquor store dashed just because you didn't want to pay $300 for LLC (Limited Liability Company) licenses from the state.
According to liquor partner John Tuck, that's why they didn't have their paper work in order. Tuck stated that they hated to spend the money till they found out if they would be allowed to apply for a liquor licenses. Just think of that, after spending all that money on elections, they came within $300 of realizing their dream of owning their very own liquor store.
Of course Bell stated back during the election he "wasn't promoting drinking, he just wanted to get something done in this county that some people oppose." And of course he wanted to see the tax dollars stay in Loudon County. Well, Ed should be happy. He got it done and the taxes will stay in Loudon County. He just wont make any money on it.
After the meeting, Mr. Bell alluded that this might not be over. He stated that he "hadn't lost yet." But as one of the members of the audience noted after the meeting, "it was his own fault. If he hadn't been such a tightwad, he would probably have gotten his liquor permit."
'Best' applicant denied: Loudon City Council awards Certificates of Compliance for liquor stores
Vicky Newman News Herald
In a meeting with more twists and turns than a suspense novel, a procedure more competitive than a 500-mile NASCAR race, and with higher stakes than a championship poker game, Loudon City Council members Monday nixed their own top-ranked applicant, and awarded liquor store Certificates of Compliance to second and third ranked applicants.
Disqualifying the application submitted by Ed Bell
and partner John Tuck, the Council sidestepped a dilemma that had
been predicted earlier by some members — the necessity for deciding
between two top-ranked applications for the same location. The
proposed location — a .62-acre tract at Centre 75 Business Park — is
owned by Loudon County Economic Development Agency. The LCEDA had
not awarded an option on the property, but recommended the city and
county sell it to the winner of the Certificate of Compliance.
Council members had spent considerable time in
discussions to ensure the awards procedure would be fair and
objective. But the ratings system the city developed resulted in the
Councilman Lewis “Charlie Brown” Garner said he favored awarding certificates to the two top-ranked applicants, regardless of specified location.
“I make a motion we award them according to rank, and let them go to the state and see what happens,” Garner said. “It’s going to be a mess but we knew that awhile ago. We tried to be unbiased. The man that got more points from me, me and him don’t care for each other. What could be more fair?”
Garner continued, “We can’t help this; we didn’t tell four people to apply for two locations. Somebody is going to lose — I believe we figured that out, didn’t we?”
Lynn Mills, city manager, said it was up to council to determine the weight given deficiencies.
The motion was seconded by Councilman Eugene Lambert.
Swiney said, “Oh lord, please help me,” then voted “no” with Garner. “I waited too long to retire,” Swiney said.