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NASHVILLE - Tennessee lawmakers say no to wine in grocery stores.
In what many are calling a surprise, the House Local Government Committee voted down the legislation.
All eyes were on a House committee room as one of the most talked about bills faces a key vote.
The legislation would allow local cities and counties to hold referendums allowing wine in grocery stores.
"That's the reason we brought this bill was because Tennessean's want it, and I think it's quite obvious from the outpouring of support that this bill should pass," says Jarron Springer with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association.
The outpouring of support came up empty.
After only a few moments in committee, the bill moved to a vote. By an 8-7 vote, the bill that had been gathering momentum is derailed.
Liquor stores owners began celebrating.
"We're very happy obviously. It's a little bit better day today than it was last week," says liquor store owner Chip Christianson.
Earlier in the day, Senate members were talking about amending the bill to make it more favorable to liquor stores.
Still, many liquor store owners were opposed to sharing wine sales with grocery stores.
"As I've said all along, it's a complicated matter and the legislature has studied it, and they made a wise decision," says Christianson.
The decision is also a defeat for House Speaker Beth Harwell.
"Well, I'm disappointed. I think the public made it clear that they wanted the opportunity to vote on this issue, but you know my commitment was to help it to get to the full committee, which it did, and in that full committee, they made the decision not to move forward," says House Speaker Beth Harwell, (R) Davidson County.
Harwell still believes wine in groceries will pass, but it's likely it won't be this year.
Representative Matthew Hill cast the deciding vote against wine in grocery stores.
He says he wanted to hear amendments on the bill, and he was not sure it was properly vetted.
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Tuesday, March 12 2013, 11:32 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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