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TN grocery story wine advocates collect voters' signatures

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People seeking referendums for wine to be sold in Tennessee grocery stores were out collecting signatures Tuesday at many Middle Tennessee polling locations.

Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed a law to put the measure to a vote, but in order to do that, residents need to show local support for the cause.

Each municipality needs to collect 10 percent of voters from the last gubernatorial race.

The group Red, White and Food is spearheading the signature collection, and the signatures are due Aug. 1.

Under the version of the bill signed into law, wine sold in grocery stores will face a 20-percent markup, while the stores will also have to pay licensing fees.

The measure also allows liquor stores to begin selling items other than booze.

The earliest wine could be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores would be in the summer of 2016.

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