Misconceptions abound

Throughout our campaign, people have been saying this is the latest of many attempts to allow retail food stores to sell wine.

We had to find out for ourselves, so we searched all proposed legislation for the last decade.

We found this is only the second time in the last 10 years that anyone has proposed legislation allowing wine sales. Last year, a replacement senator from West Tennessee proposed the legislation because he thought it would be a good idea (which it is). Without other supporters, the legislation did not even get consideration in committee.

This year is entirely different. First, the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association is leading and supporting the effort. Second, the Red White and Food campaign has attracted more than 1,900 members from across the state and given them a voice in the debate. Third, this year’s legislation will be heard by the Senate State & Local Government Committee tomorrow.

We have no doubt this is a change that people have wanted for a long time. Perhaps now the time has come to make it a reality.

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