Forge businesses to keep serving liquor for now

Blue Moose family sports grill is one of 11 restaurants serving liquor after a November 2012 election. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission will allow Pigeon Forge businesses already serving liquor to continue until a court rules otherwise.

According to Interim Director, Keith Bell, the board reviewed Chancellor Telford Fogerty's order and determined that the 11 restaurants currently permitted to serve alcohol in Pigeon Forge can continue to do so. Bell says the restaurants had to be licensed prior to today, January 15, 2013 until ordered otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Friday, Chancellor Fogerty ruled that a November 2012 election was inaccurate and ordered a new election to determine if liquor should be sold at restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

Chancellor Fogerty ordered a new election take place no sooner than 45 days and no later than 60 days from now. He did not say whether businesses already serving liquor must stop.

The ruling came after a lawsuit filed after the November election challenged 289 votes.