Grill & Pub's beer permit revoked

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Beer Board voted Tuesday to revoke the Grill & Pub’s beer permit for one-year.
Sheriff Jack Stockton drove to the bar north of Harriman following the meeting to inform owner Grover Norton about the revocation.
“I’m just here to deliver the message,” Stockton said.
The sheriff also warned Norton to not serve any beer.
“I’m advising you not to do it because that’s just more trouble,” Stockton said.  
The revocation comes less than three weeks after an employee at the bar was issued a citation for allegedly selling alcohol to an underage informant.
Stockton, sheriff’s office Capt. Tim Hawn and an agent with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission testified during Tuesday’s beer board meeting.
“In a summary, there’s been  hundreds of calls to the establishment since I’ve been elected sheriff in 2006,” Stockton said.
“We’ve sent officers numerous times to arrest people and deal with issues that have occurred inside and outside of that establishment.”
One of the incidents was an alleged homicide that occurred outside the bar in 2011.
After the testimony, Commissioner Randy Ellis made the motion to revoke the permit for one-year. It passed 5-0.
Norton can appeal the decision.
“If he does that it’s up to the chancellor whether or not this ruling will be stayed,” County Attorney Tom McFarland said.