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‘Wheels’ event coming to Jonesborough

A new event, which will feature a poker run and car show, will be held in Jonesborough this August, thanks to the support of three aldermen.
Alderman Homer G’Fellers, the only alderman opposed to the special permit, pulled the “Wheels in the Hills Cruise In” event item from the consent agenda at the beginning of the July 14 meeting for further discussion.
The event is being held by Dean Chesnut, of the General Store & Eatery, and Stephen Callahan, owner of Tennessee Hills Distillery, on Saturday, Aug. 30, from noon to 10 p.m. It will include vendors, a stage for live entertainment, a beer tent and food tables in the Parson’s Table parking lot.
A car show will also be located in the courthouse parking lot for the event.
The motorcycle poker run, which will begin and end at the Parson’s Table parking lot, will raise money for the Shop with a Cop program.
G’Fellers said although he supports Shop with a Cop, as well as a cruise in and bike run, he did not agree with having beer sold at the event.
“I don’t want to see beer sold on the sidewalks or streets of Jonesborough,” G’Fellers said.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe said the beer is allowed only in one area, which is a designated spot within the Parson’s Table parking lot.
Signs will be posted, as well as rope to instruct people they are allowed to consume beer in that designated location.
Alderman Terry Countermine said the town has had beer sales at a number of other events, all within confined areas.
Police Chief Matthew Hawkins said they have only had one instance in the last three or four years when beer was sold at an event, and it was relatively minor.
Alderman Adam Dickson also had an initial concern about the foot traffic along Woodrow Avenue and Fox Street during the event, but was reassured when Hawkins said he would be attentive to the issue. He also told the board that he will have extra staff at the event, since it is the first year.
“Dean is always really good to work with,” Hawkins said, adding that if the department voices a concern of not wanting something to be done a certain way, he is very attentive to that.
Town Attorney Jim Wheeler said the two sponsors of the event need to sign off on the Hold Harmless Agreement before he signs off on the permit. The Hold Harmless Agreement is a part of the special event permit application that deals with liability, loss and damages.