Beer sales in Nashville may soon change on Sundays to match some neighboring communities. The Nashville Metro Council is looking to change the 12-noon time to 10-A.M., which will allow residents and visitors to buy beer earlier on Sunday. In Rutherford County, the argument can’t be made because the local laws already allow for beer to be sold before noon.
In Rutherford County, beer or other beverages of equivalent alcohol content, cannot be served or sold between the hours of 3 in the morning and 6 in the morning on weekdays and between the hours of 3 A.M. on Sunday and 10, Sunday morning. In other words, you have to wait until 10 to buy beer on Sunday morning in Rutherford County.
Laws in most cities around the country were once written to not allow any alcohol sales on Sunday out of respect for the church. Cities then changed the laws to allow for beer sales only after 12 noon on Sundays. Years later, counties like Rutherford did away with the idea and suggested beer sales on Sunday could take place any time after 10 A.M.
Other rules suggested by Rutherford County official’s state, “That the sale of beer at my/our Beer Establishment will not cause congestion of traffic or interference with schools, churches, or other places of public gathering, or otherwise interfere with public health, safety and morals.” The establishment must also be more than 600-feet away from schools and churches.