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January 24, 2013

Beer law quirk allows bar inside Anderson County church

Thanks to a loophole in a state beer law, a tavern has opened inside one Anderson County church. The move has infuriated church members. Anderson County commissioners were told on Tuesday that the Water into Wine Saloon opened in the fellowship hall of the Third Baptist Church of Clinton. Anderson County has an ordinance that requires bars to be 812 2/3 feet away from churches. But state laws allow a license for on-premises beer in a place of worship if the religion's founder ever engaged in homebrewing. Church pastor Adam Atkinson called the loophole "absurd." "I couldn't believe it when they opened a bar right in our fellowship hall," he said. "How are my sermons supposed to compete with $2 draft beers until 8 p.m.?"

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