House behind Hale Springs Inn

House behind Hale Springs Inn

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just curious

Ringgold, GA

#1 Nov 29, 2013
Why hasn't the city done something about that house behind the Hale Springs Inn that has fallen down?
wondering

Columbia, TN

#2 Nov 29, 2013
Because it has some kinda historical back ground not sure of what nature but that is why.
DONT YOU KNOW

White Pine, TN

#3 Nov 29, 2013
They are trying to get it on the list of national historical places....as the birth place of the MAYOR..NOT SURE BUT IT WOULD SOUND REAL FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN.
just curious

Ringgold, GA

#4 Dec 1, 2013
I don't care if it is historic. It has fallen down. Wouldn't the city and the owner be liable if someone got hurt? I think it's a disgrace that is behind the Hale Springs Inn and beside First Baptist. I'm surprised they aren't complaining about it. Phillips probably drives by it at least twice a day. Looks like he could write the owner a letter about it.
Justice

United States

#5 Dec 1, 2013
just curious wrote:
I don't care if it is historic. It has fallen down. Wouldn't the city and the owner be liable if someone got hurt? I think it's a disgrace that is behind the Hale Springs Inn and beside First Baptist. I'm surprised they aren't complaining about it. Phillips probably drives by it at least twice a day. Looks like he could write the owner a letter about it.
Looks like Mayor Sells thinks he's not responsible for anything. Just like letting Police Chief Doug Nelson use the City Firing Range for his private business as anyone knows you can't sign your rights away to sue so when something happens look out Town Of Rogersville Tax Payers the Bill is on You!
question

Ringgold, GA

#6 Dec 1, 2013
If this is true, where does a citizen report it?
Any Complaint

United States

#7 Dec 1, 2013
Can be filed online at the Tennessee Comptrollers Office. This includes any type of government misuse or waste.
click

Kingsport, TN

#8 Dec 3, 2013
The house on Washington Street is a historic structure and should be saved. It is owned by Dave Watson that owns and operates Colliers Dry Cleaners. He also owns the Package store called Mary's Spirits. I suggest that you man up and express your thoughts with him regarding the house. Get involved and offer him some help. He may sell it to you.
Common Sense

Johnson City, TN

#9 Dec 3, 2013
I see no reason to purchase a property that should be condemned. It is a health and safety hazard. If the owner will not clean up the property, the city is within its rights to pay to have it done, and put a lien on the property for the cost of doing so.
No dog in the race

Kodak, TN

#10 Dec 3, 2013
The house was built in 1805 by Samuel Powell. He was the Tennessee District Attorney General and practiced law in Rogersville. In 1800, he built the first law school in Tennessee in Blountville. I don't know if there should be anything done besides tearing it down, but I thought you people might be interested to know the history.
may be

Sevierville, TN

#11 Dec 3, 2013
the city ought to leave the owner alone and let him fix it up.
Obviously

Ringgold, GA

#12 Dec 3, 2013
The city is leaving the owner alone! lol
may be

Sevierville, TN

#13 Dec 3, 2013
The city has their fingers in every phase of everything going. Owners have to please the city or they are not given the freedom or the permit or right to fix their own place as they want to. Have to pay and please the Piper or ... nothing. Seems the owner has chosen to do ...nothing.
citizen

Columbia, TN

#14 Dec 3, 2013
the house may have been built by powel but key bill lived there for 100 years and he was known as a crazy old man . tear the dilapidated old house down and open the lot up for productive business or a few of the transplant historians pay out of their pockets to restore and stop begging for taxpayers for money to fix an old house that means nothing to no-one . the only reason the histerical society is asking for money to fix it is so they can skim off the top . just like hale springs inn and the so called musem . and lets not forget the rest of their restoration prodjects that are nowhere near original .
Common Sense

Johnson City, TN

#15 Dec 3, 2013
> The house was built in 1805 by Samuel Powell.

I am well aware of the history. My lunatic friends who are on the heritage association won't stop talking about it.

The house collapsed. It can't be repaired. It was in terrible shape for the last 100 years. It needs to be removed because it is a severe health, safety and fire hazard. The previous owner did not maintain it to prevent it from collapsing. That's all there is to it.

What are you hoping for? A fat federal grant to "restore this historic treasure of america which can not be lost", so you can pocket 50% and give the other 50% to your corrupt contractor buddies who will do the usual half assed job?

Speak up. That's what you are hoping for isn't it? A pay day for you and your corrupt buddies, all while yammering about heritage and history.

I've got a better proposal. Clean up your filthy dilapidated property. If you don't, it will be done for you and you will be billed the costs. Tu comprende, amigo?
No dog in the race

Knoxville, TN

#16 Dec 3, 2013
If you're talking to me, you ain't got a clue. I seriously doubt the person you should talk to is even reading this stuff.
Rogersvillian

Martin, TN

#17 Dec 4, 2013
That crazy Monkey use to live there also and would steal anything it could get it's sticky little fingers on. It loved stealing cigarettes from your pocket and from vehicles . That house has many hidden treasures from that monkey hiding everything, to old gutters, to underneath the old house. Rings, watches, keys, lighters, maybe wallets to purses and ect...

I you don't believe any of this, just ask someone older.
citizen

Columbia, TN

#18 Dec 4, 2013
and don't forget the snakes .
Taxpayer

United States

#19 Dec 4, 2013
Rogersvillian wrote:
That crazy Monkey use to live there also and would steal anything it could get it's sticky little fingers on. It loved stealing cigarettes from your pocket and from vehicles . That house has many hidden treasures from that monkey hiding everything, to old gutters, to underneath the old house. Rings, watches, keys, lighters, maybe wallets to purses and ect...
I you don't believe any of this, just ask someone older.
That house any our City Politicians have alot in common then.
polaris

Marion, NC

#20 Dec 6, 2013
I went to that house back in the mid 70's when Key Bill was still living there. I needed a key made. As I approached the house, I heard a terrible racket. Key Bill was yelling and screaming old familiar cuss words and some new ones I wasn't familiar with. He let me in when I knocked but he didn't stop cussin'. It seems that the monkey had gotten loose and thrown all of his key blanks on the floor - thousands of them. I helped him pick them up. Eventually Key Bill stopped screamin' and cussin' but he couldn't find the right blank so I didn't get my key made. From what I have heard , sometimes the monkey would escape in town and Key Bill would teach the children in town all of the cuss words he knew. I think I got my key made at Ralph Collins' plumbing store.

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