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"We live outside of town in a fairly rural area and it's hard for us to get to a liquor store and when we do go it's pretty expensive with a small selection, so I think it would probably increase selection and improve the price," says Kroger shopper Stephanie McCarter.
It seems wine is one of the only things on the shopping list you can't buy at the Donelson Kroger on McGavock Pike.
"It continues to be one of the more requested items we have in our stores," says Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads.
Eads says Kroger and other supermarkets have been trying to get wine on their shelves for several years now. In 2013, they're encouraging the legislators that support their cause to try a new tactic. Opponents are left to wonder how many times the issue has to be raised and defeated for it to go away. Bard Quillman of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association says because Tennessee law prohibits liquor stores from selling anything other than wine, liquor and beer with high alcohol content, letting larger, more versatile companies in on their territory could be devastating to the small business owner. Eads says it's best to let the consumer decide. House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey have both voiced their support to let wine be sold in grocery stores. The House session is set to start Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 2 2013, 10:17 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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