Monday, December 18, 2006

Ragsdale thinks State Law does not apply in his county

The Knox County Commission will take up the issue of the annexation of a piece of property in South Knox County by the City of Knoxville today. At issue is whether the one person eligible to vote on whether the property can be annexed can be located-thus far he cannot. Knox County Commissioners are right to call for an investigation into the so-called "referendum" by the State Attorney General. Mike Ragsdale, who would love nothing more than to have a Metro Government in Knox County, had this to say in the News-Sentinel this morning:

County Mayor Mike Ragsdale said he fears "a huge step backward in city and county relations" if commission picks a fight.

Apparently the developer who wants control of the Property pulled shenanigans in order to get the annexation passed. The address of the South Grove development is 7521 Chapman Highway. What do we know about the voter who was eligible to vote on the annexation of this piece of real estate?

[Garrett S.]Meek moved his voter registration address March 8 from Corryton to 7521 Chapman Highway, the address of the South Grove development, said Knox County Election Commission Administrator Greg Mackay. The home Meek leased from South Grove G.P. was torn down shortly after he voted.

By law now in Tennessee, all county land outside the Urban Growth Boundary agreed to by the city and county must be annexed by referendum only. If a piece of land can't be annexed by referendum, then it cannot be annexed at all. Knowing that reality, this affair smells more rotten by the second, and it says a great deal about the Mayor of Knox County that he would even consider allowing an annexation to take place under such shady circumstances. Mr. Ragsdale apparently things the laws of the State apply to others, but not to the Knox County Government which he heads.



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