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Tennessee Lawmakers to Decide on Wine in Grocery Stores

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn. - Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote this week on a bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums on putting wine inside grocery stores.

The House and Senate committees will look at the bill as early as Monday.

"It's a convenience for me. I can go to the grocery store, purchase my groceries and get my bottle of wine at the same time without having to of course make another drive to the liquor store," said shopper Kemmeka Clark.

Lawmakers said the chances of the bill passing are more favorable than they have been before.

"If it gets voted on great, if it doesn't well just talk about it for the next 20 years, and wonder why it hasn't been taken care of," said Peggy Edenton.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork said he will be in Nashville both Monday and Tuesday to talk with lawmakers. He said wine inside grocery stores could cause a greater public safety issue with underage drinking.

Other West Tennesseans said they want to see it passed.

"I'm hoping it passes this time because I'd love to just come to the grocery and one stop shop. Get everything done at one time and let's move on."