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Dismissal of Coffee County schools lawsuit reversed

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appellate court ruling could revive the Coffee County Board of Education's lawsuit against the city of Tullahoma over liquor-by-the-drink taxes owed to county schools going back to the 1980s.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press reports the ruling was released this week.

Coffee County was among several Tennessee county school systems seeking the liquor-by-the-drink tax money owed by municipalities where liquor is sold. Court records show the county's suit filed on May 30, 2014, sought $387,000 from Tullahoma and $134,000 from Manchester.

Chancellor Vanessa Jackson dismissed the suit in September 2014. But the appeals court disagreed with the dismissal.

Attorney Eric Burch says county schools will pursue the lawsuit.