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Republican leaders in the General Assembly say it's likely Tennessee wine lovers will have more retail choices in the coming year.
House speaker Beth Harwell said she expects lawmakers will approve a bill allowing supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores to sell wine.
The proposed legislation calls for expanded wine sales to be approved by local referendum votes. Harwell says there is wide public support for expanding wine sales.
The effort has been strongly opposed by liquor store owners. Harwell says regulations on liquor sales will likely be eased as part of a compromise.
A bill to allow more wine sales was snagged in a House committee during the past legislative session.
A Warren County woman faces a charge of TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using the TennCare program to go to multiple healthcare providers in order to obtain medications.
The Office of Inspector General, along with the Warren and White County Sheriff's Departments announced the arrest of 52 year old Iris Quinn.
She is charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping for prescriptions, with the doctor visits being paid for by TennCare benefits.
TennCare fraud carried a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.
An audit report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General has recommended requiring the state to pay back most of a $2 million federal grant.
The report charges that the state overestimated the benefits of the electrification project at truck stops and didn't comply with a requirement to use only materials made in the U.S.
The funding was used to put electric heating and cooling units in at four truck stops to dissuade truckers from leaving their engines idling and generating pollution.
State officials called the penalty "harsh and unjust."
The state Registry of Election Finance will consider a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast held last year for constituents.
Shelbyville resident James Moore said in the complaint that he believes Tracy may have violated campaign finance reporting procedures by having the event shortly before launching a bid for Congress.
Tracy called the allegations "baseless and frivolous" and said the event last December was dedicated to providing Christmas presents for children in need.
He said a similar pancake breakfast and toy drive is planned for Saturday.
Tracy is a candidate for the office of 4th District Congressman.
The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will be taking part in the Mid-State Christmas Tournament this week at Ezell Harding Christian School in Nashville.
The Lady Pioneers will be in action Thursday at 4pm as they take on CPA.
The Pioneer men will play Thursday night at 7:15 against White House Heritage.
The tournament continues through Saturday.