Wine in grocery stores to appear on November ballot in Morristow

Wine in grocery stores to appear on November ballot in Morristown


MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Voters in Morristown will get the chance to weigh in on whether wine can be sold in food stores this November.

City election officials say 481 petition signatures were needed to get the measure on the ballot, and the election commission certified 549.

The measure applies to Morristown only and not Hamblen County as the rest of the county doesn't have liquor by the drink or package stores, and therefore does not qualify under the law.

Gov. Bill Haslam signed the law earlier this year. Under the law, big box retailers in communities that already allow liquor by the drink and liquor stores can now start selling wine. However, the decision has to be made by the voters in each community through local referendums.

Related story: Knoxville grocery stores begin petition drive to bring wine sales to local referendum vote

Each community must submit petitions that contain enough valid signatures from registered voters as would equal 10 percent of those who voted in the last gubernatorial election.

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