A recently opened Bulls Gap bar near the Greene-Hawkins county line is in hot water with the state.
According to a report from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, at 10:16 p.m. Friday, Deputy Mike Fincher responded to a violation of an emergency declaration at the recently opened Blue Smoke Tavern, located at 16130 West Andrew Johnson Highway. Upon arriving on the scene, Fincher looked through a window on the front of the bar where he saw a person playing pool and others dancing.
Lights and music were coming from the building and several cars were parked around the building, according to Fincher.
When other deputies arrived, Fincher and the deputies entered the building through the unlocked front door. There were 11 people inside the bar with a DJ playing music while people danced.
James Rahme, of Lenoir City, owner of the bar, was sitting at the bar with a bottle of alcohol sitting in front of him when Fincher told him to turn the music off and have the people to leave. Rahme argued that he had permission from the state of Tennessee to be open.
After asking for identification and his business license, Fincher wrote a summons for violation of an emergency declaration, No. 17. Fincher explained to Rahme what he could and could not do under the declaration the best of Fincher’s knowledge. By this time, most of the people had left and he said that he was about to close the bar anyway.
Rahme will be seen at Greene County Sessions Court at 8:30 a.m. on April 27.
The business operated for several years as the “Hey’ll Yeah” bar on U.S. Highway 11E.