Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

July 3, 2014

Wine petitions due Aug. 21

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County residents wanting to see wine stocked on the shelves of their favorite retail food store have until Aug. 21 to submit petitions for a referendum on the matter to be placed on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

Suzanne Smith, administrator of elections, said Cumberland County could approve a ballot measure allowing wine to be sold in supermarkets located both inside the city limits of Crossville and in the county.

Petitions would need 248 registered voters in the city of Crossville and 1,748 registered county voters.

Legislation was passed by the state earlier this year and signed into law in March that would allow cities and counties with package stores or liquor-by-the-drink sales to hold referendums on allowing wine sales in supermarkets. Petitions require 10 percent of the registered voters.

If approved, wine sales in supermarkets would not begin until July 1, 2016.

Across the state, there are variations among jurisdictions on what type of alcohol sales are permitted. In Cumberland County, liquor-by-the-drink sales are permitted county wide, but package stores are limited to the city limits of Crossville. Smith consulted with the state regarding the different alcohol provisions for each jurisdiction.

A nonprofit organization, Red White and Food, has launched in the state to support the sale of wine in retail food stores. Food City in Crossville and on Peavine Rd. will have petitions available for registered voters to sign July 6-14. The county petition will be available at the Peavine Rd. location, while the Crossville store will have both petitions available.

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