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New bed and breakfast may be opening in Jonesborough

A new bed and breakfast may be making its way to Tennessee’s oldest town.
Brian Mills, who owns a home at 232 E. Main St., appeared before the Jonesborough Planning Commission on June 19 requesting approval to operate a small bed and breakfast at the residence.
The home is within the town’s Historic District and is zoned R-2, meaning a special exception can be granted for adaptive uses of structures including certain offices and cottage inns.
A cottage inn, as defined by the town, is a building used for short-term overnight accommodations for tourists and other visitors. Each unit must include a bathroom.
Mills informed town leaders his plans are to have two rented units, a suite upstairs with a bathroom and one downstairs, also with a bathroom.
To create the cottage inn bed and breakfast, Mills must get permission from both the Planning Commission and the town’s Historic Zoning Commission.
In recommending approval for the special request, Town Administrator Bob Browning noted the property is located close to downtown and could be a good bed and breakfast.
Members of the Planning Commission unanimously approved the request; however, Mills will not be able to start operating as a bed and breakfast until he meets other conditions.
Those include the HZC’s approval as well as obtaining a business license and working with the health department, building inspector and fire marshal where necessary.