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80 TN cities gather signatures for wine sale referendum

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - After several years of legal back-and-forth by state lawmakers, 80 Tennessee municipalities have gathered the required signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores.

Validated signatures for a municipality had to total 10% of the residents who voted in the 2010 gubernatorial election to be placed on the November ballot.

The Red White and Food campaign gathered voters' signatures in grocery stores after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam approved Senate Bill 837/House Bill 610 earlier in 2014. The bill is considered to be one of the most sweeping revisions of Tennessee's liquor laws since Prohibition.
 
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the state's retail food stores and for their customers who want to be able to buy wine while shopping for groceries,” said Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager. “Our goal has always been to give Tennesseans the opportunity to vote on this issue, and now they will have that chance.”
 
Red White and Food, with the help of volunteers and stores, collected a total of 262,247 signatures statewide.
 
“The massive amount of signatures collected during this short campaign is a testament to consumers' desire to purchase wine where they shop for food,” said Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer of K-VA-T Food Stores/Food City, and board chairman of Red White and Food. “Our customers have been telling us for years that they want the convenience of buying wine at the grocery store. They made their voices heard in phase one of the campaign, and I hope that they will take that passion to the voting booth on Election Day. We will soon be gearing up for phase two of the campaign and getting all of our supporters to the polls.”
 
In the cities where the referendum is approved in November, retail food stores will be able to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016.

The 80 cities are:

1. Newport
2. Church Hill
3. Morristown
4. Clinton
5. Loudon
6. Rogersville
7. Gatlinburg
8. Oak Ridge
9. Kingsport
10. Sevierville
11. Maryville
12. Alcoa
13. Farragut
14. Greeneville
15. Oakland
16. Fairview
17. Lebanon
18. Dyersburg
19. Lenoir City
20. Jonesborough
21. Harriman
22. Knoxville
23. Bristol
24. Kingston
25. Mt. Juliet
26. Pleasant View
27. Murfreesboro
28. Paris
29. Spring Hill
30. Dunlap
31. Smyrna
32. Crossville
33. Unincorporated Knox County
34. Gallatin
35. Thompson's Station
36. Hendersonville
37. Brentwood
38. Clarksville
39. Savannah
40. Johnson City
41. Covington
42. Union City
43. Pigeon Forge
44. Arlington
45. Lakesite
46. Red Bank
47. Atoka
48. Unincorporated Cumberland County
49. Cleveland
50. Elizabethton
51. Goodlettsville
52. Franklin
53. East Ridge
54. Jackson
55. Lakeland 
56. White House
57. Signal Mountain
58. Bartlett
59. Germantown
60. Tullahoma
61. Ashland City
62. Cookeville
63. Collierville
64. Etowah
65. Athens
66. Nashville
67. Shelbyville
68. Millington
69. McKenzie
70. Manchester
71. Collegedale
72. Coopertown
73. Mt. Pleasant
74. Burns
75. Chattanooga
76. Norris
77. Martin
78. Munford
79. Memphis
80. Monteagle


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