According to an Elizabethton Police Department press release, a sting operation conducted Wednesday netted criminal charges for employees at eight city businesses for allegedly allowing minors under the age of 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Confidential operatives younger than 21 posed as customers at businesses throughout the city and attempted to purchase alcohol.
Individual employees were issued summons citations charging them with the sale of alcohol to a minor at the following businesses and organizations:
- Tobacco Depot (348 Broad St.)
- Roadrunner Market #168 (1258 Milligan Highway)
- The Smokehouse BBQ Company (1941 Milligan Highway)
- Beef O’ Brady’s (173 Hudson Drive)
- Lakeo Steakhouse of Japan (139 Hudson Drive)
- Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant (623 West Elk Ave., #B7)
- Lone Star Steakhouse (1361 Highway 19E)
- VFW Post #2166 (1977 West Elk Ave.)
The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which licenses the sale of alcohol in the state, could choose to levy fines against the businesses or to suspend their licenses.
The employees are scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Feb. 11.