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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
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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