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Ryman Hospitality Believes in Nashville

We have all heard how Nashville is the "IT" city.  According to VP of Research, Garrett Harper at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce,  71 people move to the Nashville region each day.

Our client, the Ryman Hospitality Properties is banking on that.  In the last couple of years they have poured over $30 million into renovations and purchases in downtown Nashville.

Just last week the announcement was made that Ryman Hospitality purchased 114 Second Avenue North and plans to turn that location into a new entertainment venue.

To read the entire article in The Tennessean, click here.


WIGS: The Final Countdown

We're just happy to be here.

Wine In Grocery Stores (WIGS) is happening.  The time is near - we are about two weeks away from the July 1 date that allows businesses with the appropriate license to sell wine in Tennessee retail food stores.

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been churning out conditional letters of approval and retail food store licenses.  Kudos to the new Executive Director, Clay Byrd!  For the full story in The Tennessean, click here.

Our Alcoholic Beverage  Law Group has been working round the clock as well. This team of attorneys, paralegals and assistants are the go-to source for liquor licensing in Tennessee.  Led by Will Cheek - attorney, self-proclaimed foodie, and author of the well-known blog, Last Call.

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival - September 24-25, 2016

We are so excited to see the lineup for this fall's Pilgrimage Festival.  A client of BoneLaw, this event is in its second year and slated to be better than the first.

The Tennessean has a great article about what the planners learned from the inaugural event and changed made as a result.  To read the article, click here.

An excerpt from the article:

What's new for year 2?

We talked to Pilgrimage Festival co-founders Kevin Griffin and Brandt Wood about what's new and improved about Pilgrimage in its second year:

It'll be easier to get a beverage: "We're putting a few more bars in, because people came thirsty," says Wood. "We noticed some (long) beer lines, and we were called out on it. We are going to fix that by adding more bartenders, more bars and the same great selection of craft beer, wine and spirits. We weren't sure how robust it needed to be, and it was impressive. People came out to party."

Griffin had to be talked into booking his own band, Better Than Ezra: "I didn't want it to be, 'Hey! I started a festival, and I'm playing!'" Griffin explains. "You know? In a spot (on the lineup) that's too high. I didn't want to give anybody any ammo (to criticize the festival), because I wanted to have a purity of the whole thing. This is what this (festival) is about. It's not about my performing career. But so many people said, 'We want you to play,' and I can get my band cheap."  Read more. . . 

Walmart Preparing for Wine Sales in Tennessee

In my research for this short piece I am reminded of an interesting fact- Walmart is the largest retailer in the world.  The World.

Walmart counts down to July 1, 2016All across Tennessee, our client, Walmart, is preparing for the sale of wine in its stores.  What an undertaking this is for them; there are 104 Walmart stores and 16 Sam's Club locations in Tennessee!

Officials said, "Walmart is making it simple for customers to get their groceries, their favorite wines and everything else they need, all in one place, and at our Every Day Low Prices."

For the full article in The Chattanoogan, click here.

For the news report with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, click here.

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

WIGS: One Less Stop to Make on the Way Home

Bone McAllester Norton partnered with Burr Forman to license Walmart statewide in Tennessee.

15 days remain until wine in grocery stores is available across the state, for many of us, this just means we have one less stop to make on the way home.

This photo was taken just after Will Cheek, Tucker Herndon (partner at Burr Forman) and Tennessee's ABC Director Clay Bird got the first of 104 Walmart and 16 Sam's Club liquor licenses for wine in grocery stores!  BoneLaw's Liquor Law Expert, Will Cheek, writes about this historic moment in his blog, Last Call.

4V5A1487L to R: Tucker Herndon, Director Byrd and Will CheekWill Cheek leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and writes an informative and often entertaining blog, Last Call, covering alcohol and hospitality news and events.  He is nationally known as the go-to source for Tennessee Liquor Law.

Moonshine at Opry Mills?

Opry Mills Eyed for Tennessee's First Enclosed Retail Center Distillery

From:  Nashville Post

In a move that could yield a first for Nashville and the state, Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse is seeking to amend Metro’s code to permit an artisan distiller to operate at Opry Mills mall.

Specifically, Syracuse’s move involves an update to the code that regulates the city’s various commercial attraction (CA) districts.

“We’re doing due diligence to see if it’s viable,” said Syracuse, in whose District 15 the mall sits. “It would be a great amenity for Opry Mills.”

At press time, the company had not consented to being identified, and its name is on no Metro or state documents. Syracuse, who declined to ID the company, said much work remains to be done on the effort. The Metro Planning Department has yet to finalize rezoning request documents.

“We are beginning the process of making sure from a zoning and building code perspective that all factors — such as ventilation and fire suppression systems — are considered,” he said. Syracuse said officials with the Metro Planning and Codes departments are expected to meet later this week to discuss the issue.

Robert D. PinsonRobert D. PinsonRob Pinson, a Bone McAllester Norton attorney with a focus on alcoholic beverage law, is representing the prospective distillery. He declined to disclose the identification of the company but noted it is not located in Tennessee.

“The company would like to offer flavored vodkas and moonshine,” Pinson said. “They will rely heavily on foot traffic at the mall.”

If it materializes, the distillery would be the first to operate within an enclosed mall in the state. In contrast, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine distills at outdoor shopping center The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Davidson County is home to Corsair Artisan Distillery located in Wedgewood-Houston and Marathon Village, Nelson’s Greenbrier, Nashville Craft Distillery, SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery and Prichard’s Distillery at Fontanel in Joelton. Metro has approximately 57 CA districts, all located within the general Opry Mills and Music Valley area in east Davidson County.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group owns Opry Mills mall.


This article copied entirely from the Nashville Post.

What's next For Gina Butler?

Gigi Butler - Gigi's CupcakesGigi Butler - Gigi's CupcakesOur client and friend, Gina Butler, has sold her business.  You may have heard of it - Gigi's Cupcakes?  Its only a local favorite, a Nashville start-up with now over 105 stores in the United States in under eight years.  Gigi's Cupcakes is one of the most sought after gourmet cupcake and bakeries in the country!

We are so excited for Gina Butler and her new role as Chief Innovator!

There is a great story about the sale to Texas-based private equity group, FundCorp. in the Nashville Business Journal.  Please click here for the story.

Experienced Business Lawyer and Litigator Joins Bone McAllester Norton

W. Justin AdamsW. Justin AdamsNASHVILLE, TN –Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce the addition of W. Justin Adams. Justin Adams is an experienced business lawyer and litigator who represents companies and individuals in corporate, health care, and employment transactions and disputes, often in the role of outside general counsel. He also represents individuals in criminal and civil investigations.

As a business lawyer, Justin has served as outside general counsel to health care and other businesses, represented buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar health care transactions, and advised health care companies on Stark and Anti-Kickback issues. As a litigator, he has helped businesses and individuals win victories and negotiate favorable settlements in complex commercial, employment, and regulatory disputes as well as state and federal criminal cases and government investigations.

“Justin will be an enormous asset for our corporate, health care, employment, and dispute resolution groups,” said Chairman Charles W. Bone. “He has an impressive track record of advising businesses and individuals in a broad range of complex transactions and disputes.”

Justin holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (2001, Order of the Coif) and a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South (1998, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Before beginning legal practice, he clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Justin practiced thirteen years with Trauger & Tuke, where he began his career and focused on corporate, healthcare, and employment law as well as civil litigation and criminal defense.

David Anthony Weighs In on Lawmaker Burning Traffic Citations

David AnthonyDavid AnthonyBone McAllester Norton attorney, David Anthony, offers some sound advice for those considering burning traffic citations.

"I would advise a client not to listen to Representative Holt if the client received a ticket in the mail" says Anthony.  "It may not be likely for a municipality to sue someone for a $50 ticket, but it is certainly possible."

For the full article/video, please click here.

ABC Law Expert, Will Cheek, Weighs In on TABC's New Director

Yesterday at the TABC (Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission) meeting, a new head of the agency, Clayton Byrd, was named.  Mr. Byrd replaces Ginna Winfree, who was the agency's attorney and had been serving as interim director since Keith Bell resigned in March of this year.

Will Cheek, Tennessee's alcoholic beverage law expert, said he is pleased with the decision.

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek III"Kudos to the ABC for selecting Director Byrd. He has industry experience, knows many of the key players and seems to be precisely what the ABC needs to best serve the alcoholic beverage industry, which is a key economic engine for Tennessee," Cheek stated.

Will Cheek leads the firm's Alcoholic Beverage Team and writes an informative and often entertaining blog, Last Call, covering alcohol and hospitality news and events.  He is nationally known as the go-to source for Tennessee Liquor Law.

A full article was written by Cari Wade Gervin for the Nashville Post.