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    Beer Sales Violation Penalties Increase in Tennessee

    Board unanimously approves policy changes for state violators.

    TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -- The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an increase in penalties for beer sales violations. Changes include an increased first-offense penalty from $100 to $500; an increased second-offense penalty from $500 to $1,500; and an agreement to suspend permits for six months on third-offense violations or assess a subsequent $1,500 fine.

    "We can start here and always get tougher if we need to," said Alderman Phil Trimble, who thinks the board is on the right track. "It sends a message based on the last sting we had." This took place in February, and seven of 28 businesses were cited for beer sales to minor violations.

    The subject of increasing penalties was approached upon recommendation from the Policy Committee, and the city board agreed to have information available to provide to permit holders about the city's beer laws and what they can do to curb sales to minors, and agreed the city's beer permit policy could require new holders to view the information before they are allowed to receive their permits.

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