The future of beer at Big D’s

Sandra ClarkHalls, Let's Talk

Halls residents need to pay attention to the Knox County Commission meeting (4 p.m. for Beer Board, Monday, May 24, at the City County Building). It’s on community television, CTV.


Commissioner Charles Busler will lead efforts to ensure compliance with state and local laws on underage beer sales – particularly as it relates to the Big D’s on Maynardville Pike at Mynatt Road. At the April 26 meeting, Big D’s owner, Karim Shad, faced his third offense in six months.

On Busler’s motion, the commission fined Shad $2,500 for his second offense and then revoked his license for the third offense. An application for a new beer permit for a corporation, DIYA Inc., was deferred until the May meeting after Sheriff’s Office inspectors said the applicant had actually committed the third offense for the current owner.

On questioning, it was determined that the applicant had not had the required training to be selling beer, making it perhaps the first time a person violated the beer laws before actually getting a permit.

Halls has plenty of places to buy beer where businesses play by the rules and don’t sell beer to minors. We don’t need Big D’s.

Fountain City mailer: Knox TN Today will mail a newspaper to 5,000 homes in ZIP 37918 next week. It’s our way of showing potential readers what they are missing by not checking out the website daily.

Beth Kinnane has written about her aunt Jean Payne, legendary social studies teacher at Central High who also managed a few winning campaigns back in the day. That story will be printed online next week, but if you want a hard copy, extra papers will be available at Realty Executives offices on Tazewell Pike in Fountain City and on Northshore Drive in Bearden – delivered sometime on Wednesday.

The June mailer will go to parts of Powell and Heiskell. Give a call if you want to advertise. (Guess we won’t hear from Big D’s.)

Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today.

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