Dance hall denied business license
by James Phillips
Apr 03, 2013 | 2792 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A dance hall, which has been shut down since an incident in early March, was denied a business license renewal Tuesday by the Jasper City Council.

Parlay’s, which opened in November 2012, is located off Highway 269 in west Jasper. Members of the Jasper Police Department went to the business on March 2 to see if David Tucker, the owner of the business, was in compliance with his business license due to several complaints from citizens.

During a public hearing Tuesday on the possible business license renewal, Jasper Officer Alfred Handley told members of the city council there was a large amount of alcohol on the premises that night.

“There were about 50 people inside the building,” he said. “Some were drinking with alcohol in hand and there were cups on tables throughout the building. There was even a table set up with a makeshift bar.”

Handley added there was a strong odor of marijuana toward the back of the building where officers found a used marijuana cigarette. Officers seized the marijuana as well as a .22-caliber handgun that was found near a DJ booth where Tucker was standing.

David Mize, a JPD officer, said Tucker was asked about his business license and he said it was at his house. Tucker was arrested that night on an outstanding felony warrant unrelated to the business license issue, and Parlay’s was shut down by Jasper police. Parlay’s has remained closed since that night.

Tucker’s business license was approved in November for his business, All Other Amusement and Recreation Industries. The business did not have an alcohol license.

Mize reminded the council at its March 5 meeting that Tucker had said when applying for his business license that no alcohol would be served at the establishment and he was not applying for an alcohol license.

“It was suppossed to be a family-oriented place,” said Sandi Sudduth, council representative for District 5.

No one attended Tuesday’s meeting to speak on behalf of Tucker or Parlay’s. Council members voted unanimously to not renew the license.

Mayor Sonny Posey also asked members of the council to remove dance halls as a classification for a business license.

“We’ve always had trouble when someone got a business license for a dance hall,” he said. “We need to just do away with them. If someone wants to have a business like this, they can go through the proper procedures.”

Council members agreed and voted to delete dance halls as a classification for a business license.

In other action concerning the Jasper Police Department at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:

•Adopted a resolution to allow Posey to enter into an agreement with Southern Prevention Associations.

The agreement will allow Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe to be a partner in the “Community in Action” project, which fights underage drinking.

•Approved allowing Posey to enter into an agreement with the Jasper Housing Authority, which would provide a postition within the Jasper Police Department to work regular hours at the housing authority.

Rowe said a sergeant would oversee security at the group’s apartments. The agreement would also give Jasper police to intelligence equipment that would be beneficial in solving some area crimes.

•Voted to amend the ordinance to regulate the operation of pawn shops, money lenders and second dealers and buyers of gold, silver and precious metals within the city.

The change would force those businesses to provide the Jasper Police Department with an electronic inventory of items taken in each day.

The items will be recorded at, an online nationwide pawn shop database.