KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Officials at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission have begun the process to suspend Soaky Mountain Waterpark’s liquor license, according to TABC reports obtained by WVLT News. The move comes after several reported incidents involving heavily intoxicated park visitors, including one that ended in a shooting.
Sevierville Police Department officers responded to the park 12 times between June 1 and July 31, according to reports. Two incidents on June 1 and 8 involved drunk people causing problems in and around park property.
Police responded at the park on June 25 to a report of a “man rolling down the hill adjacent to the park,” according to reports. Officers responded to the park on June 27 when a drunken park visitor assaulted a staff member.
Officers responded to Soaky Mountain on June 28 for a disturbance involving two people, one of whom was a Kentucky state soldier on leave, according to reports.
Police responded to the park for disruption on June 30 and July 14, and again on July 15 when a drinking guest assaulted guests and a family member, according to reports.
Officers responded to the park three times on July 24. The first incident involved a drunk guest slapping the park manager. The second incident involved three intoxicated guests who assaulted “several random customers,” according to reports. The three guests were arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and incitement to riot.
The latest incident on July 24 involved a stop to traffic in the park’s parking lot. According to reports, officers prevented Dustin Reed from driving away while intoxicated and found several guns and marijuana in his vehicle.
The latest incident described in the reports was the July 31 shooting that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old woman.
Nathan Ensing, an SPD officer, filed a complaint with the TABC about the park. In the complaint, he described numerous cases to which his ministry responded and gave a reason for what he believes to be the cause of the unrest.
âI think the company is serving customers more than usual and needs to be applied at this level,â Ensing said.
The license supervised by the TABC allows the park to serve wine and spirits.
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