Grill-N-Pub up for beer permit — again

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

One of the items on the agenda is a beer permit application for Roma Christopher.

She was scheduled to appear before the beer board last month, but her hearing was postponed.

Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said it was done at the request of Christopher’s attorney.

Christopher’s application has been controversial because she’s planning to operate at the Grill & Pub under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.

The bar, at 2224 Harriman Hwy., is owned by Grover Norton. The board revoked his permit for one-year in February 2013 after one of his employees was cited for allegedly selling alcohol to an underage informant.

County officials said that was no isolated incident. They contended the bar had a long history of problems, which included violence.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said there was one incident where a deputy was forced to pull out a shotgun in the bar’s parking lot to break up a fight.

David Harvey, a 46-year-old Harriman man, was found dead outside the bar on July 23, 2011.

Eric Gallaher is charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in Harvey’s death.

He allegedly punched Harvey in the head after a fender-bender in the parking lot.

Christopher said she plans to lease the building from Norton to operate the 27/61 Grill-N-Pub. She said her plan is to keep the trouble out.

Christopher appeared before the beer board twice last year. The first time the board refused to hear her application. The second time the board voted 4-0 to deny her application.

The Feb. 18 beer board meeting will be held at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

The board will also consider an application from Teresa Lynn Harmon to sell beer at 3015 Harriman Hwy. Maggie’s Place used to operate at that location.