Voters in Knox County will get to decide if they'd like to pick up a bottle of a wine at the grocery store.
The Knox County Election Commission confirmed enough signatures Tuesday to get the measure on the November ballot. It was already announced it would be on the ballot for the City of Knoxville.
Lawmakers approved the sell of wine in grocery stores earlier this year, but voters in each city or county that already had liquor stores must approve a referendum before sales could begin in 2016.
The petition to get on the ballot in Knox County needed 6,420 signatures. Workers stopped counting when they reached 6,473.
"The customers are asking for it., and we're in the business of satisfying our customers," said Paul Payton, a store manager at the Kroger on Middlebrook Pike. "We're just waiting for the ballots to come through. We're waiting for everybody to get out there and vote. As soon as they vote, we're ready to make it happen."
Asked if they will vote in favor of wine in grocery stores, shoppers had mixed opinions Tuesday.
"Absolutely," said Chris Hofstetter. ""It's a long time coming."
Another shopper added, "I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I would definitely do it. I don't see what it would hurt. It's easier, its more efficient for people, so I don't see why not."
Abraham Barham, however, disagrees with the idea.
"I think there are some things that we should be conservative about, he said, citing concerns about the effect on families if wine is available in grocery stores. "I think there should be a higher standard, stick with a higher standard."
Wine in grocery stores will also be on the ballot in Farragut, Maryville, Alcoa, Morristown, and Greeneville.