Hawkins judge voids quitclaim deed giving President Trump an acre near Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Feb 3, 2019 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — President Donald Trump made it official last month. He’s not moving to Hawkins County.

On Jan. 17, Third Judicial District Chancellor Doug Jenkins signed an order voiding a 2017 quitclaim deed which Rogersville businessman Philip Henard had filed for an acre of land on behalf of the Trump Organization.

At the time, Henard told the Times News that the Trump Organization was a willing participant in the deal and would accept the property located in a rural undeveloped subdivision near Cherokee Raceway Park west of Rogersville.

Shortly after the deed’s existence became public knowledge, however, the Trump Organization issued the following statement: “Neither The Trump Organization nor any individual Trump family member has anything to do with this.”

A quitclaim deed is a legal instrument that is used to transfer interest in real property. The entity transferring its interest is called the grantor, and when the quitclaim deed is properly completed and executed, it transfers any interest the grantor has in the property to a recipient, called the grantee.

On Dec. 11. 2017, Henard answered several questions for the Times News about the Trump quitclaim deed.

Q: “You’ve had contact with the Trumps since you came up with this idea?”

A: “Not personally, but with some agents of theirs.”

Q: “What was their response to your idea?”

A: “To try to put things together and pursue it. They were for it.”

Q: “Through your agent you’ve been in touch with the Trump family, and they know about this, and they agree to accept the land?”

A: “Yes sir.”

The petition to void the quitclaim was filed on behalf of the Trump Organization by the Memphis law firm of Wiseman-Bray PLLC.

It states, “The petitioner (Trump Organization) did not transfer the quitclaim deed; did not participate in the transfer, or execution, or recordation of the quitclaim deed; and were unaware of the transfer, and execution, and recordation of the quitclaim deed until after the fact.”

The remote Grandview subdivision where that acre is located is mostly undeveloped, and the tract identified in the Trump quitclaim deed was assessed at $7,800.

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