Many Buying Food Instead of Grilling Due to Drought

7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Fourth of July is usually a time when people fire up the grill for a family cookout, but many Jackson residents are skipping the grill, and just buying food that is ready to eat.

Paul Latham's Meat Company has been busy Wednesday, serving everything from barbeque to chicken.

Store manager Tim Throne said thousands have been coming into the store - the busiest he has ever seen it.

He said many customers have different reasons for not grilling out Wednesday.

"Some of it is the heat, that it is too hot to cook out, some of it is the burn permits that you have to have, and some are just staying at home because of the economy," Throne said.

Throne said he does not know how much food he will go through for the Fourth.

He said barbeque is the number one seller, followed by chicken and ribs.


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