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High bidder stuck in limbo after city hall auction in Bluff City

May 15th, 2014 10:31 am by Nick Shepherd, NET News Service

High bidder stuck in limbo after city hall auction in Bluff City

The old town hall in Bluff City. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)

BLUFF CITY — Sherry Grubb put in the winning bid for the old city hall building in Bluff City, and now she wonders why the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has yet to approve the sale.

Grubb submitted the winning bid of $9,700 on March 26. The bid was going back to the BMA for approval — a mere formality, she believed. When the motion came up to approve the sale, however, there was no second to go forward with a vote. So now Grubbs is stuck in limbo.

"I got the high bid," she said. "They were going to pay to have it torn down. They did not put a minimum bid on it, and there was no appraisal."

Grubb owns a photography business and has for the past 28 years. She has kept an eye on the building ever since Bluff City vacated it and was interested in purchasing the old city hall for her business.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the story.

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