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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.
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Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.