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Kingsport's Hog Wild Saloon has liquor license revoked after murder case

After being shut down for code violations in March, state alcohol officials announced Wednesday that owner of Kingsport's Hog Wild Saloon had surrendered their liquor license. The club cannot file for reinstatement for 10 months, the agency said. (WCYB Archive)

State alcohol officials have announced that the owners of Kingsport's Hog Wild Saloon have surrendered their liquor license effective immediately.

The order also states that the bar cannot file for reinstatement of their license for 10 months, according to a report secured by News 5 from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission that was signed on April 20.


The review of Hog Wild's license status began in March following a shooting inside the nightspot that left one person dead and one injured. Brett Rogers, 20, was found on the floor of the club by police and later died. William Newkirk, 16, of Bristol, Virginia is charged in Rogers death.

The saloon was shut down shortly after the shooting because of major code violations, according to city officials, including sprinklers inside the dwelling not operating, water flowing toward electrical outlets and use of improper heating units.

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