Michael Ballard, star of the TruTV reality show Full Throttle Saloon, grew up in Trimble, Tennessee and graduated from Dyer County High School. Trimble is located in northwest Tennessee, approximately 30 miles east of the border with Missouri and about 25 miles south of the Kentucky border. It's located in both Dyer County and Obion County.
After a trip to Sturgis, SD in 1999, Ballard got the idea for the bar, which is now the world’s largest biker bar. He quickly sold his cellular business, Cellular Plus, and moved to South Dakota to build the bar on a 30-acre property that he purchased. Within a year, the indoor/outdoor bar/facility was completed, including restaurants, stores, a tattoo parlor, 200 cabins for rent, ample parking, a burn-out pit, and two large stages.
But Ballard and his wife Angie haven't forgotten about his hometown and the surrounding area. In December 2012, Angie Ballard attended the Dyersburg Humane Society’s annual Santa Paws event with the dog she had earlier adopted from the shelter in Dyersburg, TN. Then in January 2012, Michael Ballard announced that he will be opening the Full Throttle Sl'oon Shine distillery and store in Trimble, Tennessee by late 2013.
In recent news, the wedding of Michael and Angie Ballard was finally shown to a television audience on the March 6, 2013 episode of "Full Throttle Saloon". The wedding had actually occurred in Kansas City, Missouri in August 2012 during an event called "Throttle Fest".