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Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

Hooray at the potential for good beers to finally be brewed in the state of TN!

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Posted by Hudson on 07/01/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

Guys! Sign my petition!!!
https://www.change.org/p/tennessee-state-house-allow-wine-sales-on-sundays-in-tennessee

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Posted by Yuri Arnt on 07/01/2016 at 1:04 AM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

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Posted by Jana Bell on 06/30/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

Intheknow is right - the main obstacle to reform in the state is from the wholesalers who have the exclusive right to distribute any brand of alcohol in the state. Jack Daniels - one seller. Silver Oak Cabernet - one seller. Patron Tequila - one seller.

It has always been in the wholesalers best interest for no one entity to own multiple stores or be too large because that would move pricing power from the wholesalers to buyers (store owners and now groceries). The 20% markup is a sop to these guys because it helps to block any type of pricing power groceries may want to entertain - you can't make a case of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc a loss leader.

That we got WIGS at all is a pretty important testament to the people's voice ultimately overpowering those of special interests. But what a fight it was.

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Posted by Mike D on 06/30/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

I'm unsure why this should be an overarching goal of the State: "keep the playing field even" between small liquor stores and big grocery stores.

I'd rather the State address the needs, concerns and desires of its citizens. Let the chips fall where they may for business interests. Like the buggy whip.

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Posted by I am B00B Thruster on 06/30/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

Without regard to any establishment question, the Twenty-First Amendment permits beaucoups of regulations of alcohol sales.

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Posted by notguilty on 06/30/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

Isn't not selling on Sunday "a law respecting the establishment of religion"?

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Posted by Kim Feathers Caudell on 06/30/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “With wine in grocery stores and a new head of the ABC, Tennesseans are optimistic about the future of alcohol in the state

This change was a long time in the making. If anyone ever wanted to see how political sausage is made, this is a case study. Alcohol sales are heavily regulated at all levels of government. What bothered retailers was the fact they have played by the draconian rules and regs for so long, not even being able to sell a bag of ice or tonic. Then, the grocers who have thousands of items in their stores would have the right to sell what typically makes up 50% of a retailer's yearly revenues. Coupled with the fact that Keith Bell came into power and regularly abused that power, the retailers had their backs up against the wall.

What is not noted is Bell was equally loathed by all interested industry factions- he was an equal opportunity a-hole. The commission eventually knew it and eventually dealt with him. The commission knew Bell would embarrass the Haslam administration, something Haslam and his staff were aware of at least two years ago.

Byrd seems to be the perfect guy for the job. Unfortunately, Bell had created such problems at the TABC that not many folks were interested in the position. But, it appears that Byrd was the right person at the right time. If he can manage the deluge of change and evenly and rationally apply the rules and regs he will do well. But, the bad taste left in the mouths of industry players caused by Bell will not soon fade.

I don't see liquor being sold on Sunday or in groceries anytime soon. The next skirmish will again be national chains such as Total Wine and More entering the market. Like the hardware stores we all knew in our childhood, liquor stores will become few and far between if the regs are loosened to allow liquor in groceries. While there is a common misconception that those who own liquor stores print money, that's simply not the case when you must buy your Jack Daniels, your Mondavi, and your Sebastiani from only one distributor who sets a price on that brand and who has no other competition in the state selling it. Folks, if you want to create convenience and keep the playing field even, a hard look needs to be taken at the industry top to bottom. The grocers have the power to take on the wholesalers who have controlled the industry since prohibition. Perhaps that will be the good that flows from this paradigm shift.

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Posted by Intheknow on 06/30/2016 at 8:37 AM
Posted by localboy on 06/29/2016 at 12:36 PM
Posted by localboy on 06/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Omar Mateen, who murdered in the name of Allah, was a registered DEMOCRAT.

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Posted by Greg Halvorson on 06/27/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Bob, the shooter most likely wasn't gay.

The whole "Climate of hate made this gay person hate himself enough to murder other gays in the name of islam" trope isn't grounded in reality.

Progressives are unwilling to call this attack what it was, which will only end up hurting more gay people in the end.

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Posted by 44allin on 06/27/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Twenty-five Nashvillians who've shaped the city for the better since 1989

HOW could you leave off Alan LeQuire? His sculptures have helped identify the city between Athena in the Parthenon and Musica. It seems you left out the Arts which are the soul of Nashville.

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Posted by rickystroh on 06/27/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Odd the LBGT crowd seems to overlook the shooter as being gay himself. Doesn't make it any less tragic to those poor folks who got shot though. But it WAS one of their own.

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Posted by bobsguns on 06/26/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “How the Nashville Fashion Alliance plans to guide the growth of the regional fashion industry

Van Tucker is doing a wonderful thing for the Nashville fashion community, and I'm hopeful that we will soon become a powerhouse. We still have a ways to go, though: I recently started a pajama and apparel company, and used Omega Apparel for the initial production. Based on my experience, I would NOT recommend using them. At all. If anyone wants details on my experience -- and why I suggest you not use them -- feel free to contact me.

Posted by Not a happy camper. on 06/24/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Here's the link to the human circle of security that allies are doing at Saturday's Pride Fest just after the Walk for Equality. Join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/8188401749…

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Posted by Ashley Martin Webster on 06/23/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Meh; there are some non-queer smart thinkers. I don't discriminate when it comes to who has a thoughtful response to issues of the day. It's funny that you do and consider it important to do so.

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Posted by Hudson on 06/23/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “In a Smithville uniform factory, has Nashville found the missing threads for its local fashion industry?

I would not recommend using Omega. I had them produce items for me, and it was the worst experience I've ever had in my professional life. They missed deadlines by months, and , ultimately, DID NOT produce what they promised they would. The quality of the actual production was far inferior to the sample prototype. They were terrible to work with, unresponsive, and did not accept accountability. DO. NOT. USE. THEM.

Posted by learn from my horrible experience. on 06/23/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “In the wake of the Orlando massacre, members of Tennessee's LGBT community share stories of finding safety and refusing to be silent

Thank you for prioritizing the voices of our LGBTQ communities. It's been frustrating to read think pieces and columns about the massacre by straight, cis-gender men and women. It's really important that we let queer people lead conversations about this tragedy and their on-going struggles.

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Posted by Erica Ciccarone on 06/23/2016 at 12:35 PM

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