The newest addition to the town is a replica building of the old cotton gin that stood in the very same spot for almost 100 years. The new building won't be used to gin any "white gold" as locals say, but instead it will be distilling Tennessee white whiskey, also known as moonshine. Local entrepreneur and reality television star Michael Ballard is the new owner of the property and he will produce his Full Throttle Sl'oon Shine at the facility .
The building was completed this week and Denbar Construction Co. put the 96-ft.-by-30-ft. Heritage pre-fab building together in 10 days. Construction continues on another building where the old water-treatment facility stood in front of the gin. That building will be used as one of the warehouses. One warehouse already stands behind the soon-to-be distillery.
Raymond Ballard, Michael Ballard's father, was at the site as the workers wrapped up work on the replica gin.
Trimble Mayor James Davis remembers bringing cotton to the gin as a boy and said the building looks just like it did back in the 1950s. The still and the inner workings of the distillery will be assembled sometime soon and there are plans for a store to be built.
Davis, who was recently re-elected as mayor, said he wants to see Trimble flourish and said the distillery is going to be the catalyst.
"This is a big deal to us and we want to see it be successful," said Davis.