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City approves second liquor store
Mayor says no space for warrant commissioners in city hall
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City aldermen voted last week to approve a certificate of compliance for Smithville’s second applicant for a liquor license.


Four aldermen voted in favor of issuing James E. Bradshaw a certificate to present to the state, while Shawn Jacobs passed. The certificate indicates that Bradshaw has satisfied local requirements to apply to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a liquor license.


Bradshaw, the former owner of Pates Ford Marina, is looking to open a retail liquor store at 725 South Congress Boulevard, in the Food Lion shopping center, called "Center Hill Wine and Spirits, LLC."


City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson said that the location had been surveyed by Gotro Surveying, and was found to meet the city’s minimum distance requirement of 400 feet from the nearest place of public gathering. The front door of the proposed store was found to be 588.9 feet from the to closest door of the DeKalb County Community Complex.


A criminal background check apparently came back clear as well.


The city's first applicant for a liquor license has been approved for a license by the state.


Jimmy Edward Smith, who plans to open Smithville Discount Wine & Spirits at 413 East Broad Street, was granted conditional approval pending inspection on June 23.


Meanwhile, the city will apparently not be granting a request from the county to provide space for warrant commissioners in city hall.


County Mayor Tim Stribling announced at the June meeting of the county commission that Sheriff Patrick Ray had given notice that he would not provide office space or supplies and equipment for the judicial commissioners as of July 31. Fifth-district commissioner Anita Puckett made a motion that a county officials send a letter to city officials asking them to provide space and supplies for the judicial at city hall.


Puckett said that because the county pays the judicial commissioners salaries even though they write warrants for the public and all law enforcement agencies, including the Smithville Police Department, she felt that they could help out with office space. The motion passed on vote of 11-0-1, with Seventh-district commissioner Kevin Robinson, who is employed by the city, passing.


While the matter was not on the agenda for Thursday night's meeting, Alderman Josh Miller mentioned the issue.


"I didn't know if we have the room," said Miller.


"We've got the room for our officers and our warrant writers," Mayor Jimmy Poss replied.


"Our facilities are used for city matters," Hendrixson said.


"We've got ours covered here. We want our warrants written here. We've got a confined space, and we take care of city business," Poss returned.


No further action was taken.