ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education agreed Thursday to lower its asking price for a piece of vacant Main Street Rogersville property that has been on the market since 2016.
Through Givens-Nelson Realty, the BOE had been asking for $205,000 for the 0.79 acre lot located at the intersection of Warrior Street and E. Main Street across from United Grocery.
The lot had been used for overflow parking at nearby Rogersville Middle School. The BOE wants to sell the property to get it back on the tax rolls and also use the revenue to do some paving and sidewalk construction at the school.
In 2012, the property had an appraised vale of $100,000, and in 2016 it had an assessed market value of $125,500.
Assistant maintenance supervisor Brandon Williams compiled for the BOE a report which seems to point to a buyer’s market in Rogersville real estate.
For example, of the nine commercial lots that have sold since January of 2016, only one sold above tax value. Currently there are 38 active real estate listings in Rogersville, and there is only one recorded sale.
The BOE agreed to hire TCI Group to market the property with a 6 percent commission upon sale and to advertise the property for $175,000.
“The TCI Group agent recommended relisting it at $205,000, and then revisiting it in a couple of months if there’s no movement,” Williams told the BOE. “According to the TCI agent, his calculated market value for that piece of property is $190,898.”
The motion by BOE member Chris Christian was to advertise the property for $175,000, and entertain any offer that comes in less than that.
“It’s been on the market a long time, and I think we’d be better served by moving this property and generating some tax revenue,” Christian said.
In other business Thursday, the BOE:
— Agreed to grant tenure to the following certificated personnel for 2017-2018: Kelsey Griffin, Bulls Gap School; Jennifer Fallon-Goehl, Carters Valley Elementary School; Matthew Dalton, Cherokee High School; Trey Fields, Cherokee High School; Harold Kelley, Cherokee High School; Julie Kooienga, Cherokee High School; Amber Sands, Cherokee High School; Jonathan Shultz, Cherokee High School; Brittany Danielle Trent, Cherokee High School; Sherri Pugh, Church Hill Intermediate School; Jeremy Hutson, Church Hill Middle School; Autumn Spencer, Church Hill Middle School; Jordan Ward, Church Hill Middle School; Holly Sampson, Church Hill Middle School; Brittany Rhoton, Clinch School; Dwain Brewer, Hawkins Elementary School; Ryan Williams, Joseph Rogers Primary School; Tiffany Rogers, Keplar Elementary School; Casey Gray, Mooresburg Elementary School; Tracie Jones, Mount Carmel Elementary School; Jennifer Cassell, Surgoinsville Elementary School; Tonya Crum, Surgoinsville Elementary School; Michelle Eaton, Surgoinsville Elementary School; Mike Roberts, Surgoinsville Middle School; Steven Bickford, Volunteer High School; Betty Brennan, Volunteer High School; and Tim Kersey, Volunteer High School.
— Voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution allowing Hawkins County school board members to be eligible for the same health insurance benefits offered to teachers, with the school system picking up 76 percent of the cost. The resolution was introduced by board member Cathy Cradic, who made the motion to approve. Chairman Bob Larkins and Vice Chair Debbie Shedden voted no.