It's a big day for Chattanooga Whiskey...
After some controversy they were approved, with some restrictions, to move forward on a distillery.
Chairman Larry Henry says "We have seven signatures on the letter with an amendment to the letter where it's applying just to the municipalities that have voted for both issues on referendum to have liquor by the drink and have package drinks."
Henry says it will apply to those municipalities.
Only two commissioners didn't sign the letter, which can now be presented to the legislature.
Chattanooga Whiskey Co-founder, Joe Ledbetter, described his reaction to the final signatures as exciting and emotional.
Ledbetter arrived to a press conference in a Chattanooga Whiskey Depot Hack, Provided by fellow Southside-supporter, Corky Coker. "That should mean that Chattanooga Whiskey will now be able to put the distillery now in Chattanooga."
"We want to drive it across America and share the good news of Chattanooga Whiskey," says Ledbetter.
Ledbetter spoke of several distilleries that were part of chattanooga history, but even then Ledbetter says he wasn't surprised a Chattanooga Whiskey distillery was met with some hesitation.
Ledbetter says it's proof supporters will come out to back issues they believe in.
"We knew it was gonna be somewhat of an uphill battle, and we knew that we couldn't do it alone. That's why we asked so many of our supporters to get behind us, that if you want this and you believe in this, then let our leaders know," says Ledbetter.
Ledbetter says he looks forward to providing jobs and seeing the name Chattanooga on every retailer across the country.
In Chattanooga, Brittany Shaw, WDEF News 12.