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DCP: Proposed bar manager not suitable for business

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The Parisian Bar and Lounge off of Liberty Expressway remains unopened after Dougherty County Police Chief recommended County Commissioners not give the proposed bar manager an alcohol handler's license.

"That manager has multiple felony convictions, which makes him ineligible to hold a handlers card," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

James Preston Nix III is the proposed bar manager.

He's been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, multiple counts of forgery, theft by taking, probation violation, and a long list of traffic violations.

"When you have a business that opens and has a license for consumption, you have so many issues, specifically safety. From a revenue stand point, it's good, but it's not all about the mighty dollar. It's about doing the right thing and protecting the public," said Commissioner Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

Just like Nix, this club location has a shaky past when it operated under a different name.

This isn't the first time this property has come under scrutiny.

According to Dougherty County Police they busted this place a while back for serving minors and having live nude shows.

Commissioner Chairman Sinyard says the county must make public safety the top priority when considering a license for a bar, especially after several recent violent crimes at nightspots, including a murder outside the Sandtrap Lounge last month.

"Any establishment that serves alcohol should have the right kind of folks who own it, manage it and operate it," said Commissioner Chairman Sinyard.

County Commissioners will meet next week to make a final decision on this issue.

We tried to contact the property manager who proposed Nix to be the bar manager and he said he was unaware of the situation.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says as soon as the property manager finds a suitable bar manager, the process of getting a license will continue.

 

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