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You can buy beer, in Tennessee grocery stores like Osborne s Bi-Rite on Belmont Boulevard. You can even buy wine coolers and liquor-based drinks, but not wine…and that doesn't sit well with shoppers like Lindsay Jamieson
"It just feels a bit antiquated," Jamieson said. "It's almost cute except it isn't."
The state law has been under fire by consumer groups and certain lawmakers for the last three years.
A 2011 Vanderbilt University poll shows 60 percent of participants think grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine.
"Certainly as a consumer I think that's a marvelous idea," Jamieson said.
Today, only liquor stores are allowed to sell spirits with more than a six percent alcohol content, and many liquor store owners don t want grocery stores getting in on the wine market.
Shoppers like Jamieson say just because he "could" buy wine in his favorite grocery store, doesn't mean he d stop going to his favorite liquor store.
"There's still a place for the expertise of liquor stores," Jamieson said. "This is just a convenience thing."
In last month's elections Tennessee republicans earned a super 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate, giving them control of every committee and key vote.
But House Speaker Beth Harwell says deciding factor in the future of the wines in grocery stores controversy will be the public voice.
"It has been coming for a long time," Harwell said. "We've surveyed this and overwhelmingly the public is supportive of this."
Osbrone employee Terez Pierce is one of them. And says adding wine to the shelves would do wonders for the store's foot traffic and income.
"I think it's good for businesses, good for small markets," Pierce said. "We already carry parts of alcohol beverages inside so it shouldn't be that much of a problem."
Monday, December 3 2012, 01:07 PM CST
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There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
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