CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF),"Chattanooga was one of the largest distilling and wholesaling towns in America for whiskey".
That was then and this is now,
Tim Piersant is one of the founders of Chattanooga Whiskey and he and his partner Joe Ledbetter are confident that their dream is moving closer and closer.
"A premium hand crafted whiskey, and that's what we really want to bring back to Chattanooga, something classy, something nice, something that makes the city look good and presents the city well and that's what we think we have done."
Piersant and Ledbetter currently have two whiskeys on offer and are looking to bring a 2 million dollar distillery to Hamilton County by the end of this year.
A separate campaign led by local community leader Chris Smith is hoping for the same result.
"I think it's about letting people vote and I think, we should have the opportunity to vote on things that are pertaining to us, I think opponents and supporters both agree the best way to decide these type of issues, is to let folks vote about it."
Smith and his team are 12,000 petitions
away from the 14,000 threshold to make local law makers stand up and pay attention.
Both groups feel that distilling can bring jobs and help boost the local economy while Chattanooga Whiskey
do not feel a petition is necessary.