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Kroger employee heading to state grocery bagging competition

NORTH JACKSON -- A Kroger employee is gearing up for a competition of an interesting nature.

Luke Mealer, 19-year-old employee at the Lynnwood Kroger in Jackson, recently beat out bagger hopefuls from 113 stores in the Division Bagger Contest.

Luke Mealer will represent Kroger Delta in the Tennessee Grocers Association Bag Off Contest this weekend in Nashville.

If he wins there, Mealer and his family are off to Las Vegas to compete in the National Bag Off Contest.

According to the National Grocer's Association, a Tennessean has never claimed that national title since the competition began in 1987.