- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A chancellor has dismissed a lawsuit in which Sullivan County and the Sullivan County Board of Education sought about $2 million in liquor-by-the-drink tax revenues from Bristol and Kingsport.

The Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/1TScLsZ) reports that, in an order filed Feb. 2 in a Bristol chancery court, First Judicial District Chancellor John Rambo nullified Sullivan County’s claim to the funds. The order awarded Bristol roughly $1.3 million and Kingsport nearly $760,000 collected from 1980 through 2013.

Rambo ruled that the state law in question that calls for a percentage of tax proceeds to be given to county schools only applies to municipalities without their own school systems. Both Bristol and Kingsport have their own school systems.

Johnson City is currently involved in a similar lawsuit with Washington County.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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