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August 22, 2012

Mayor reacts to Morgan threat

State ABC made final decisions on package liquor licenses, city says

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The City of Corbin’s reaction to a possible lawsuit from a losing package liquor license applicant is one of “Why does the applicant want to sue?”

Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney answered back to Liquor World’s CEO, Wesley Morgan, on Monday, after Morgan said in a Times-Tribune story Saturday he was preparing to take legal action.

Morgan said in the story that two licenses were awarded to applicants who have interests in liquor stores with the same company. He said both Tri County Liquor of Corbin and Ernie’s Spirits have ties with Liquor Mart, based in Richmond.

Liquor World of Corbin was one of the nine losing applicants for the three package liquor licenses allocated to Corbin.

“I don’t know why he wants to sue the city because the city didn’t have anything to do with it. That’s a state decision, and they have reasons why they did that. Safety and location had two reasons the state picked them (the locations) out. The city doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” McBurney said.

In Saturday’s story, Morgan said Liquor World would have a press conference “in a few days,” expecting to sue the City of Corbin, the city’s ABC Administrator, Assistant Police Chief Bruce Rains, and two of the three winning applicants.

Ernie’s Spirits, Tri County Liquor of Corbin and Liquor King were awarded the three package liquor licenses for the city in early July.

Liquor World is based in Richmond. Along with Liquor World of Corbin, the other losing applicants were Hometown Liquors, North Main Street Wine & Spirits, Whiskey Dick’s Spirits, Whiskey River Liquors, Rite Aid of Kentucky, Mohican Discount Tobacco, Liquor Mart of Corbin and Liquor Station.

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