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Kingsport restaurants face fines in beer sting

October 3rd, 2013 9:44 am by Rain Smith — Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport restaurants face fines in beer sting

A dozen people have appeared in Kingsport court during the past week for allegedly selling alcohol to underage customers,  while the businesses where they work face fines and potential loss of beer permits.

According to affidavits in Kingsport court, the stings were conducted by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Kingsport police assisted in eight of the 12 compliance checks that resulted in charges. The employees found in violation were released on misdemeanor citations.

An ABC spokesperson said the first stings were conducted on Sept. 6. Court records state a female, age 20, was served a draft beer by waiters at The Tavern at Ridgefields, 2320 Pendragon Road, and Beef O’Brady’s, 300 Clinchfield St. In both incidents,  the server reportedly didn’t check the ABC informant’s ID.


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