Tennessee Senate OKs wine in grocery bill

photo A customer walks out of the grocery store section of Enzo's Market, where there is a separate entrance for a wine shop.

NASHVILLE - Voters in Chattanooga and many other Tennessee cities or counties could authorize wine sales in supermarkets, big-box retailers and convenience stores under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate.

The vote was 23-8. Similar legislation is moving in the House. The measure stalled there last year, but leaders are confident the measure will pass this session.

Should the bill become law, local votes on the issue could be on November ballots.

But under an agreement struck with powerful lobbies for liquor package stores and wholesalers, wine sales couldn't start in the new venues before mid-2016.