War over wine sales picks up in Tennessee

9:07 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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A war over wine sales could repeat itself in Tennessee.

Supermarkets want the power to stock the product.

Currently in Tennessee, wine is only sold in liquor stores due to state law.

Two republican leaders are showing support for wine in supermarkets.  Both the speakers of the house and senate could reshape committees to benefit the bill.

A political professor at Maryville College said it is not a matter of if, but when.  He believes the economy is changing opinions.  Plus, more Tennessee cities have passed liquor referendums.

"You're clearly seeing some citizens saying, 'this is something whose time has come'," said Dr. Mark O'Gorman at Maryville College.  "Maybe 20 years ago or less, this is something social conservatives kept at bay.  But now we live in a time where economics are taking over."

The proposed bill would give counties the option to opt in or out.

Legislators will be back in session this January.

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