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"We hear from our customers every day that they would like to be able to purchase wine in grocery stores," said Melissa Eads, community affairs manager for Kroger in Middle Tennessee. "We are very pleased that the Senate Committee and House Subcommittee have voted in favor of this bill that would let Tennesseans decide on this issue."
The in-store events are a way to help engage customers and give them the facts about the issue, says Kroger.
House speaker Beth Harwell used her right to vote in any committee to break tie in the House Subcommittee last Wednesday. The next stop for the referendum is the House Local Government Subcommittee.
Friday Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was speaking a fundraising event Senator Jim Tracey in Shelbyville. Ramsey told the Times-Gazette, "It's looking better every day."
Opponents of the bill believe small and locally owned liquor stores should have the exclusive right to sell wine. They also question the availability of wine to underage customers if allowed in grocery stores.
Saturday, March 9 2013, 12:34 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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