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New Tennessee laws go into effect Friday. Consumers will be able to purchase wine in supermarkets. Public college and university professors and staff can arm themselves on campus. And drivers will be subject to strict penalties for texting on the road.

Tennessee’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission says more than half of the state’s grocery stores have received a license to sell wine under a new state liquor law.

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A bill seeking to make many changes to Kentucky’s alcohol laws appears to be moving toward final passage.

The omnibus alcohol measure allows for increased production by small farm wineries and microbreweries, and aims to ease certain restrictions on the bourbon industry.

Purple Toad Winery, via Facebook

The owners of Paducah’s Purple Toad Winery have collected the required number of signatures and turned in a petition for a special vote on whether to allow Sunday sales in their Lone Oak precinct.

A McCracken County winery is petitioning officials to allow it to sell alcohol on Sundays in order to keep up with competing businesses.  

Sure, you know you're not supposed to drink while pregnant. But what about those glasses of wine you had before you found out? Is a little OK in the third trimester? Or when you're anxious and can't sleep?

Those are the kinds of questions that women keep asking about pregnancy and alcohol. And science has not been a huge help in providing answers, though that's getting better.

Local winery owners are in support of a bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature to allow them to distill wine waste products to create brandy and other so called fortified wines.

The Kentucky House approved the bill this week.  

TN Lawmakers Inching Closer to 'Wine in Grocery Stores' Deal

Feb 5, 2014


A deal to let Tennessee grocery stores sell wine inched forward Wednesday in a state House subcommittee.  One of the last details to hash out is just how big such a store would have to be.

Kentucky lawmakers may seek a legislative solution to the dispute over whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell liquor and wine.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling that allowed wine and liquor to be sold in grocery stores and gas stations across the commonwealth.

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn’t quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.