Knoxville Police Chief among officers speaking out against wine bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of sheriffs and police chiefs is speaking out against a legislative proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee grocery and convenience stores.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork said at a news conference at the legislative office complex in Nashville on Wednesday that greater availability of wine would come at the price of public safety because it would draw the attention of law enforcement away from more pressing issues.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said a recent incident that led a fraternity to be banned from the University of Tennessee should dispel supporters' claims that underage drinkers aren't interested in obtaining wine.

In that case a 20-year-old student was hospitalized after a drinking game involving boxed wine that allegedly included consuming it through an enema.

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