Billy Kaufman talks distillery jobs and tourism for Cannon County

August 17th, 2010

Billy Kaufman and Distillery Organization Group’s Jim Massey talk with News Channel 5’s Kim Gebbia about distillery jobs and tourism on the November ballot in Cannon County. You can read the full story at WTVF-TV CBS Nashville.

Billy Kaufman’s property hasn’t seen a drop of grain liquor since a distillery ran here before prohibition. He wants to see it flowing again at his own craft distillery within the next few years.

“My dream is that we employ hundreds if not thousands someday,” said Kaufman.

Supporters say a craft distillery could also bring in tax dollars and tourism to the county. They add it’s a way to keep small farmers afloat.

“Historically distilleries are the most efficient way to turn crops to cash,” says Jim Massey, an advocate for craft distilleries across the state.

  1. JB
    August 18th, 2010 at 11:14 | #1

    If Jesus can turn water into wine I don’t see why a farmer can’t do the same. Every one of our founding fathers made whiskey by the barrel. It’s time we get back to the old ways that made our country great and stop borrowing money from China so we can avoid dirty work while pretending our morals are better than everyone else.

  2. A
    August 19th, 2010 at 21:17 | #2

    This is a great story for those who haven’t been following. I hope Billy becomes the next Lem Motlow. No one should stand in the way of a real entrepeneur. Godspeed.

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