Alcohol

Society
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Hopkinsville City Council Considers Expanded Sales in Alcohol Ordinance Amendment

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The Hopkinsville City Council will hear the first reading tonight of an amendment that would cut the fifty-year-old restriction that alcohol sales only be sold in the downtown area.

The move would essentially eliminate the four-by-fourteen-block boundary in which the sale of alcohol has been limited to since the mid-1960s.

Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin says the Council initially sought to allow non-profit organizations to obtain temporary licenses outside the downtown block, but council members decided the nearly 50-year-old ordinance needed updating.

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Government
11:52 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Quarterly Alcohol Report Shows Increase in City Tax Revenue, DUIs

Quarterly profits from alcohol sales in Murray are going up as the city continues to fill the number of package stores the state permits.

Murray Police Sergeant Kendra Clere says the city’s 8 percent sales tax on alcohol has brought in almost $193,000 since January.

Clere told the City Council yesterday that DUIs and alcoholic intoxication charges have also risen, but says she expects those numbers with more officers working DUI calls.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Beshear Signs Election Day Alcohol Measure

Kentuckians can buy alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on the next Election Day now that Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation lifting the Prohibition-era ban.

The state House and Senate both voted overwhelmingly last month to allow alcohol sales during hours the polls are open.

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Good Reads
3:09 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

How Bourbon Become a Unique Product of Kentucky Heritage

Michael Veach is the Associate Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville. He's also the only professional bourbon historian in the country and has recently written a book titled Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. In the book, Veach reveals the true story of how bourbon became a unique product in Kentucky heritage. Kate Lochte spoke with Veach for Sounds Good. Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

Business
12:57 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Alcohol Vote Coming to McCracken County Precinct

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A petition to allow alcohol sales is going to the ballot in The McCracken County Maxon Precinct, near West Paducah.

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Society
7:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Maker's Mark to Restore Alcohol Content to Whiskey

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After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol. The company's chief operating officer says they will restore the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. 

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Allowing Election Day Alcohol

Lawmakers in Kentucky are again considering lifting a Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day. The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee has already given initial approval to legislation that would allow alcohol sales during hours that polls are open. The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 31, 2012

IL Adults Hosting Teen Drinking Parties Face Fines

A new Illinois law that punishes adults who host parties with underage drinking at their home is taking effect Tuesday. The legislation makes it a Class A misdemeanor to host or allow gatherings where teenagers drink alcohol. Fines will be at least $500. It's a Class 4 felony if the underage drinking results in injury or death. Adults who discover minors drinking alcohol on their property won't be charged if they call the police to help put a stop to the party.

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Society
6:39 am
Fri December 28, 2012

TN Police Step Up DUI Enforcement for New Year's

Tennessee law enforcement will be using the new "no refusal" law over the weekend before New Year's Eve that allows police to get blood samples of suspected drunken drivers. Previously drivers in Tennessee could refuse a blood alcohol content test but they would face losing their licenses for violating the "implied consent" law. The law passed this year allows police to seek search warrants for blood samples. Police have held "no refusal" enforcement periods during several holidays this year.

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Alcohol
7:20 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Wine Might Come to TN Groceries

The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly say they support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets. With the influx of new GOP lawmakers comes the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to allow wine sales have long been corked up by opponents. 

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