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Tennessee regulators expect 270 stores across the state to be among the first wave of supermarkets to sell wine under a new state law going into effect in July 2016.
Keith Bell of the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission told lawmakers that those first stores include 109 in Middle Tennessee, 105 in Chattanooga and Knoxville regions and 56 in West Tennessee.
Bell said neither his agency nor the alcohol industry would be prepared if lawmakers decided to move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased 34 consecutive days for a total of 37 cents per gallon. The national average rose 35 cents during the month of February.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said refinery issues in the west should not affect prices in the southeast. However, motorists in Tennessee could still see prices inch up another 10 cents in the next two weeks because of rising wholesale prices due to ongoing seasonal maintenance at gulf coast refineries.
Jenkins said gas prices should not reach $3 a gallon this year, especially if the price of oil remains below $60 a barrel. He said gas prices will be relative volatile in the coming months, but should decline by the summer following the end of maintenance season.
Tennessee's average price for a gallon of regular is $2.18, an increase of 6 cents from last week.
The Warren County Commission's Policy and Personnel Committee will meet Tuesday to consider the resignation of Judicial Commissioner Jimmy Griffith and the annual reappointment of Judicial Commissioners.
The meeting begins at 4:45pm at the Administrative Building.
The Warren County School Board will meet Tuesday night in regular session. The meeting had originally been scheduled for last Thursday, but was postponed due to weather conditions.
The board will receive the Director's operations report and will get reports from the Curriculum and Achievement, Facilities and Resources and Student Advisory Committees.
The board meeting will follow the Facilities and Resources Committee meeting, which starts at 5pm. The meetings will be held at the Morrison Elementary School Cafeteria.
Basketball teams from neighboring Van Buren County and White County High Schools are one step away from the state tournament after winning their respective regions.
Van Buren County's Eaglettes will host Pickett County Monday night in the substate round, while the White County Warriorettes will host Oakland Monday night. Both games are at 7pm.
The boys teams from both schools will play their substate games Tuesday night.