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Local Officials Fighting Aganist Wine In Grocery Stores

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Liquor store owner, Matt Cleek is not happy about the possibility of wine being sold in Tennessee grocery stores.

"The bottom line is that it's not good for me as a owner because I'm a resident of the State of Tennessee and it's not going to be good for the state of Tennessee as a whole," said Matt Cleek.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork attended a news conference in Nashville where he and other law enforcement spoke out in opposition of the proposal.

"It's really difficult now to enforce just the sale of beer to minors in some of our convenience stores and we explained that was a real problem," said Sheriff Woolfork.

A concern some officials are having is whether grocery store clerks can spot fake IDs.

"The 12 venues we have now as far as liquor stores, those people are well-trained and can spot fake IDs immediately," said Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist.

Still many shoppers said they would like the convenience of not having to make a separate trip to buy a bottle of wine.

"When I go on vacation to Publix and other stores they have it all there it's so much easier so I don't understand why they have at all there it's so much easier so I don't understand why they wouldn't," said Laura Kirk of Jackson.

Cleek said he is more concerned about teenagers having access to wine and then the affect it would have on his business.

"We don't want high alcohol to be getting to our kids in any form if this was to pass the availability of high proof in wine would be...it would be bad," said Cleek.

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