The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board handed down punishment to one area business Thursday.
Kangaroo Express, located at 2300 Jenkins Road, received a 10-day beer license suspension for failing a compliance check.
On May 30, the Chattanooga Police Department assisted the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission with a series of compliance checks, CPD Officer John Collins said. The TABC sent an underage buyer to purchase alcohol at several area establishments.
Collins said the underage buyer was able to purchase a beer after their ID had been checked by the clerk at the Kangaroo location.
Kangaroo Express store manager Christie Valentin said that the employee was new and had just started using a new point-of-sale system.
“The new register kept giving [the employee] an error different from an underage license,” she said. “[The employee] thought she was doing something wrong and made the sale anyway.”
Board members Trevor Atchley and Christopher Keene questioned the training that the employee was given.
“Not knowing the equipment is the worst excuse someone can come in here and say for a beer code violation,” Atchley said. “These [employees] need proper training.”
Kangaroo’s 10-day suspension begins Aug. 10.
Board members postponed handing down punishment for 4904 Rossville Blvd. establishment The Bar after they deliberated and couldn’t decide on a punishment.
The Bar manager Virginia Barton appeared before the board for violations of gambling and unauthorized use of liquor. The Bar does not have a TABC liquor license.
Collins said that the CPD was working off an anonymous tip from a customer that the establishment allowed gambling and sold liquor.
The CPD vice unit executed a search warrant with Collins. The officers found gambling devices and liquor stored in the back of the bar.
Barton said that the owner of the bar has Parkinson’s disease. She said she is there to manage the bar and pay the bills while the owner’s daughter is away taking care of her father.
“I’ve been there six months, and I don’t get paid,” she said. “We just try to keep it open for the veterans that come in regularly.”
After three proposed punishments failed to meet the requirement of five votes, the board decided to push the decision to the next meeting.
Barton will have to appear again Aug. 17.
Other news from the beer board
HB Lounge, located at 2716 Dodson Ave., applied for a consumer license. Lounge owner Keveon D. Kennebrew’s application was passed to the next meeting so he could deal with a zoning issue related to a church near his business. Kennebrew said he was going to have the distance surveyed but that the church is shut down. The board is still requesting a distance survey.
Big Poppa Quick Mart, located at 4109 Dodson Ave., applied for a carryout license. Owner Jaydeep Prakash Gandhi said the building is still undergoing renovations and has not passed inspections. The application was passed to the next meeting.
Mayan Kitchen, 4th Ave. Corner Store and China Moon were also on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. No representative for the establishments was present, so the applications were passed to the next meeting.
The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board meets the first and third Thursday of each month. The board has the power to issue beer licenses and permits and to revoke or suspend beer licenses.
Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is the assistant news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.