Morristown College sold due to thousands owed in back taxes

5:16 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
Morristown College Courtesy: East Tennessee Preservation Alliance
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A historic former East Tennessee college could potentially have new owners.

The old Morristown College was sold in three parcels at a tax sale. The former owner, Kenny Lane of Knoxville, owed thousands of dollars in back taxes to Hamblen County. The property was divided into three parcels. One buyer bought two portions, and another took a smaller piece.

But Lane can still get the property back. If he pays the back taxes plus interest within the next year, the property will be his once again.

Morristown College closed in 1994. The 51-acre campus is on the list of endangered historic buildings in East Tennessee. It's caught fire twice in the past decade, and suffered extensive vandalism.

Mayor Danny Thomas says he's been working on plans for the site since he took office. He told 10News he doesn't believe the sale of the property will change those plans.

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