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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 8:00 pm

Hargett warns
of real estate scam
NASHVILLE (AP) — Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning home buyers and sellers about a scam involving real estate titles.
According to the office’s business services division, letters have been sent to at least eight real estate companies suggesting that there are claims against titles of more than two dozen residential properties.
The letters are postmarked from Portland, Ore., and claims they were submitted on behalf of an organization called “the French Trust.” The letters threaten court action against anyone attempting to sell any of the listed properties.
Hargett said it was not immediately clear the motivation for sending the letters, but said the information in the letters is not true. He urged people to contact the business services division for assistance at 615-741-2286.
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Voters again approve mixed drink sales
PIGEON FORGE (AP) — Voters in Pigeon Forge have again approved liquor by the drink. This time, the margin was 154 votes.
The Mountain Press reported Ken Maples, who led the pro-liquor initiative, said the election Thursday validated the choice voters initially made on Nov. 6.
Results of that referendum were thrown out by a court over confusion about who was allowed to vote. The question was on a crowded general election ballot, headed by the presidential race.
Jess Davis, who is co-chairman of Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge, said his group was disappointed in the outcome and might contest the results.
The Sevier County Election Commission meets March 21 to certify the vote.
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Information from: The Mountain Press, http://www.themountainpress.com
Published in The Messenger 3.15.13

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