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HAMPTON, TN (WJHL) -

Concerned members of the community said it would have been a nightmare, and Wednesday more than 400 petition signatures later, the new owner of the Tennessee Tavern, formerly known as the Icehouse in Hampton, was denied a beer license.

The Tennessee tavern is within 300 feet from 7 residential homes. It's also walking distances from area schools and churches.

Dozens of people who live nearby showed up at the meeting and delivered about a dozen testimonies as to why they didn't want the tavern to open, even with a different name and new ownership.

"This is a great victory for not only the citizens of Hampton, Tennessee but also the entire county and Tennessee. This type of establishment should have never been placed in that residential neighborhood," James Dabbondanza who lives in Carter County said.

People who live in the tavern's neighborhood shared stories of past incidences where they didn't feel safe because of the bar.

At this point, we do not know the future plans for  the Tennessee Tavern.

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More than 200 people are trying to stop the Carter County bar "Tennessee Tavern," formerly known as the "Icehouse" from getting a beer license.  Wednesday the owner went before the Beer Board in Carter County, hoping to get the license.

The people who live nearby are determined to stop that from happening.  

"Tennessee Tavern" hasn't opened yet, but this isn't the first time the residents are trying to put an end to this bar.

In 2009, News Channel 11 brought you the story of the Icehouse burning down.

The bar was rebuilt and in 2010 and the Icehouse was on News Channel 11 again because the legality of their permit was in question, and again because the Icehouse's building wasn't in compliance with the county.

In Carter County, the law says you can't sell beer within 300 feet of homes or churches. But people who live nearby say seven homes are within 300 feet of the "Tennessee Tavern."

Despite the law, in 2001 the business was allowed to get a license because they were there before the law took effect.

At the Beer Board meeting today the people who live nearby came to speak out against the bar.

"We don't need that noise and trouble, hollering and screaming at all hours of the night and day 7 days a week. I'm just afraid that if the permits granted it's just going to be right like back it was," Johnny Julian, who lives close to the bar said.

"They just fought and raised cane all the time," Roy Livingston who also lives near the bar said.

Dexter Hicks owns the bar but, Georgia Crowell is the one applying for the license. That license was not granted today. The Beer Board postponed the decision because the owner couldn't prove ownership.

Crowell will have to wait for the next meeting which board members say will be in two or three weeks.

We wanted to know her thoughts about the outcry against the bar but she wouldn't talk to us on camera.

She did tell us she didn't want to be judged for other's actions  referring to the bar's past. However, neighbors said they can't help but worry about what the future holds.

 "I've lived there since 1952 and we've had a nice neighborhood since this place has been closed the last 3 or 4 months we've got our old neighborhood back," Julian said. And he said he and his neighbors are doing all they can to keep it that way.

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