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Tenn. Official Wants To Grant Beer Permits To Only English-Speaking People

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) — Me gustaría tener un permiso de cerveza.

One Knox County official does not want to grant someone a beer permit if they don’t speak English.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Knox County Commissioner Mike Brown said during a meeting last week he wants to institute a policy that non-English speakers will not be granted a beer permit.

Brown was subsequently told by Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret that they could not enforce that policy.

“I guess it’s a moot point, but I can vote my feelings,” Brown told the News Sentinel. “That will be my horn to toot.”

Brown added to the paper that he hopes “people get mad enough to get our state law changed.”

Other county commissioners were not ready to jump on board Brown’s proposed policy.

“I feel like we need to follow the law, and if the law says you don’t have to speak English and there’s an interpreter who is interpreting correctly, then we cannot deny a person a beer license,” commission Chairman Mike Hammond told the News Sentinel. “I want to follow the law. I don’t want us to get into a situation where we’re putting the county at risk because we feel a certain way.”

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission says on its website that they will grant an interpreter for non-English speaking people who are looking for a beer permit.

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