Possiblity of Wine being Sold in Tennessee Grocery Stores

By: Courtney Brice

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)- Tennessean’s have been long awaiting the ability to buy wine in grocery stores, and their wait may come to an end if a bill is passed.

Tennessean's are wondering, "Where's the Wine?"  Photo from the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tennessean’s are wondering, “Where’s the Wine?”
Photo credit: Chattanooga Times Free Press

“The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Jon Lundberg, would allow cities and counties to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores,” according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Several Tennessee residents have been wanting wine to be sold in grocery stores for a while. Chattanooga resident Merrile Stroud exclaimed, “I would love it!”

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “Present Tennessee law limits wine sales to package stores, where liquor is sold. Beer is sold only at grocery and convenience stores.”

Thirty-three states currently allow wine sales in grocery stores, including Georgia.  Stroud explained that by allowing this bill to be passed, “it would create revenue for Tennessee because many Chattanoogan’s go to Fort Oglethorpe, GA  because they can buy wine at Costco.”

Former grocery store manager and Chattanooga resident Cameron  Wallace, explained that, “Selling wine would be okay because stores already allow beer, so as long as it isn’t hard liquor then it would be perfectly acceptable.”


The decision is still being made whether wine will be sold in Tennessee grocery stores. Photo credit: Memphis Daily News

“Opponents say the change would adversely affect the about 600 existing liquor stores around the state. They also raise concerns about higher-proof alcohol becoming more widely available to minors,” according to the Associated Press.

The concern of carding customers has risen although grocery stores already card for beer sales. Wallace explains that the addition of wine should not be a problem in causing an increase of underage drinking because, “if they really want it, they will get it regardless.”

Although the bill is still being debated, many Tennessean’s are crossing their fingers that it will be passed.


By: Courtney Brice, Chattanooga, TN (The Loop)

Fifteen year old Teagan Marti recovering from her accident.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — MILWAUKEE (AP) — There’s a 15-year-old Florida girl who didn’t really know much about Charlie Sheen before this week — but does now.

The actor wired $10,000 to Teagan Marti and her family on Thursday for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from injuries sustained when she plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.

“I think he’s a very kind person for helping me and my family and very generous,” Teagan Marti said by phone Thursday from her home in Parkland, Fla.

Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries in July 2010 when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders on a free-fall ride were not raised. She had convinced her family to make the trip from Florida to Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells after seeing the amusement park’s Terminal Velocity ride on the Travel Channel.

She was hospitalized in Wisconsin and Florida for three months. She initially had no use of her arms or legs but through physical therapy is able to walk again with a walker.

Teagan Marti’s mother, Julie Marti, said they are financially in trouble from the medical bills and her recent divorce. Their house is being foreclosed upon and insurance isn’t covering physical therapy anymore, she said. She had no idea how they would pay for the English Golden Retriever puppy.

“I’m in such disbelief,” Julie Marti said. “I was crying. … What a guy. What a guy.”

The dog is being trained in Fond du Lac to turn on lights, pick up objects and be the teen’s constant companion.

Lucia Wilgus, of Eau Claire, became friends with the Martis after hearing of the accident and has spearheaded fundraising and helped find the dog and arrange training.

She sent a letter this week to Sheen through Sheen’s godfather, who is a Wilgus family friend and Benedictine brother in the Benet Lake, Wis. She estimated the training and related costs would be around $6,000.

Sheen said he decided to give more for extra costs. The request had a “personal vibe” since it came through his godfather, and “if there’s a need for more I told them to call me,” he said.

“I like to pay it forward,” Sheen said Thursday in a phone interview from Los Angeles. “People come into your orbit for a reason. You don’t always know what that is ahead of time, but if I ignore these requests then I don’t have any opportunity to see where these things lead us, or lead me.”

He said he doesn’t like to publicize most of his donations, but wanted to talk about this one to inspire others to donate.

Teagan Marti gets the dog on her birthday in September but hasn’t made up her mind on a name.

“I think they should name the dog Charlie,” Sheen joked.


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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Questions About Libraries Answered

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop) – Several UTC students and faculty have heard rumors and myths about the old and new library on campus, and are now questioning what is to come of the buildings.

Casey Cherry, UTC Senior, stated that she heard Lupton Library was going to be torn down, and then heard it was going to be remodeled. Luke Caldwell, UTC Junior, along with Cherry has heard the myth that the weight of the books was not taken into account when Lupton was built and it is now sinking.

While these rumors are floating around, Steve Cox, UTC Head of Special Collections and University Archives, has answered some of the rumors and myths about the libraries.

Cox said the story that Lupton Library is sinking is an “untrue urban myth.” He confirmed that in about 1970, open spots underneath the library were found and it may have started to sink, but the holes were filled in. When Lupton was built, there were about 4,500 students enrolled and it was not built for today’s technology. Talk and plans for a new library have been underway for about 15 years. Cox explained that the new library, which has not been named yet, is “long over due. As the university grew, the library did not.”

Some students have voiced their opinions on what should be done to Lupton once the new library opens. “I would like for it to be a parking garage, but I have not heard what they are going to do with it,” Cherry explained, “The university should improve every area of student need and parking is a top priority because if it is just a building then it is a waste of space and money.”  Caldwell said, “I would want to see the old library get a face lift because it sticks out like a sore thumb. It would be nice to see it blend with the rest of the campus because it is awkward and out of date.”

“You can tell roughly the time when Lupton Library was built, and the new library will be more aesthetically pleasing,” said Cox, “It will be one of the nicest in the country as far as university libraries go.” Cox also explained that the construction on the new library was almost cancelled and we are lucky to have gotten it.

Rumors of what the new library will feature are also going around campus. Caldwell explained that he heard the new library might have days where it is open for 24 hours and that it will have a Starbucks in it. Cox put these rumors to rest when he explained that there will be, “More computers and digital resources, rooms to practice presentations, sofas and recliners, and a Starbucks included in the new library. It will be more 21st century friendly and will be able to handle the technology of this time.”

Cox said that it has not been officially decided what will happen to Lupton Library, but he thinks it will most likely be renovated for class rooms and offices. The $48 million dollar new library is planned to open either late 2013 or early 2014.

Ultra Thin Models Obsolete

JERUSALEM (AP/The Loop) — When Margaux Stelman began modeling a few months ago, she always had her sister Simone in mind.

Simone was an ex-model who died three years ago after a long battle with anorexia, a common affliction of models trying to look thinner and thinner — and girls trying to look like them.

Now, thanks to a new Israeli law that prohibits the employment of underweight fashion models, Stelman says she feels protected from the traditional pressures of an industry notorious for encouraging extremes in thinness. The law sets weight minimums with the aim of discouraging anorexia and bulimia, eating disorders that affect mostly young women, who go on extreme diets and are unable to eat normally.

“This disease is something that’s very close to me,” the 21-year-old university student from Belgium said at a recent photo shoot, the country’s first since the law took effect last week. “Doing the exact opposite, showing girls that (they) can be healthy and be a model anyway, it’s really something I want to show.”

The Israeli law, passed by parliament last year, is the first of its kind. The United States and England have guidelines, but their fashion industry is self-regulated. Other governments have taken steps to prevent “size zero” medical problems but have shied away from legislation.

Israel, like other countries, is obsessed by models. International supermodel Bar Refaeli is considered a national hero. Refaeli, an Israeli who has graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, among others, is not unnaturally thin.

The new law requires models to produce a medical report no older than three months at every shoot for the Israeli market, stating that they are not malnourished by World Health Organization standards. The U.N. agency relies on the body mass index, calculated by factors of weight and height. WHO says a body mass index below 18.5 indicates malnutrition. According to that standard, a woman 1.72 meters tall (5-feet-8) should weigh no less than 54 kilograms (119 pounds).

Critics say the body mass index is flawed and cannot be applied equally to everyone. For example, many professional athletes fall outside the health boundaries set by the scale, because of their height or muscle mass.

Stelman is 1.7 meters tall (5-foot-7) and says she weighs around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) — but she isn’t quite sure.

“I never weigh myself. I don’t care. I don’t even have a scale,” she said. “Weight is just a number. As long as I feel good and healthy — that’s all that matters.”

One of the main supporters of the new legislation is Adi Barkan, one of Israel’s top model agents.

In 30 years of work, he says he has seen young women become skinnier and sicker while struggling to fit the shrinking mold of what the industry considers attractive.

He said Europe’s fashion has started shifting back. “They understand that something has to change,” said Barkan, noting the rampant use of Photoshop, the popular picture editing computer program, to make models look even skinnier.

The Israeli law requires that any advertisement published for the Israeli market must clearly disclose whether the models’ appearance was altered by digital manipulation.

Israeli designer Keren Saban said she prefers models who display her clothes to be “someone who looks like a woman.”

“A woman’s look is not something you need to be ashamed of, just the contrary,” said Saban. “That is what an item should look like when we sell clothes to women.”


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.