But Jefferson moves up with 5% increase
Maysville retained its title as having the
highest combined property tax rate in Jackson County for the
fifth year in a row. Maysville's combined rate is 31.46 mills,
up only slightly from 1998.
But moving into second place this year was Jefferson, whose taxpayers
will pay a combined 30.51 mills in property taxes. A hike in
city school taxes pushed Jefferson up the list from last year.
Maysville's position at the top is due to the fact that it is
the only town in the Jackson County School System district that
levies a city property tax. Although both Jefferson and Commerce
levy city taxes, those towns have independent school systems
with tax rates lower than the county school system's.
Another wrinkle in the picture is that the city of Commerce operates
its own utility system and puts income from those sources back
into general city operations, thus keeping its city tax rate
Because Jackson County has 10 fire districts, each of which sets
its own millage rate, net tax rates vary from area to area.
Armed robbery, 'road rage' incidents reported
BY ANGELA GARY
Two out-of-town women with plans of shopping at Tanger Outlet
Center were the victims of crime during the long Thanksgiving
A Michigan woman and her son were walking next to the new Denny's
restaurant in Tanger II at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday when
they were held up at gunpoint. A"dirty" blue Ford car
approached the two and a man in the passenger seat pointed a
small chrome-plated hand gun at the woman, according to the incident
The woman said the man demanded her shopping bag. While he went
through the bag, her son ran into the restaurant to get help.
The man then took her purse, which had $100 in cash and several
credit cards in it, and left.
The driver and the passenger are both described as black males
in their late 20s. The passenger has a beard.
A Gwinnett County woman was the victim of apparent "road
rage" when a man pointed a gun at her on I-85. Tammie Phillips,
29, Buford, and her family were headed to Banks Crossing for
an afternoon of shopping Saturday when she said a man in a passing
car pointed a gun at her.
Cory Watson, 30, Charlotte, N.C, was charged with reckless conduct
in the incident. Phillips called 911 after the gun was pointed
at her, according to Jackson County chief investigator David
Cochran. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Phillips, her two children and her mother were traveling north
on I-85 to Banks Crossing when the altercation occurred. Her
sister was following her in another vehicle. The woman said she
was traveling approximately 80 miles per hour in the fast lane
when a man pulled up very close behind her. She didn't slow down
and he then passed her in the right lane and made a hand gesture
at her, according to the incident report. Phillips told law enforcement
officers that she waved at him as he passed.
The woman said the suspect then got in front of her and began
driving at a slow speed. She said he then got in the lane beside
her and pointed a silver handgun at her.
Phillips then sped ahead and called 911 to report the incident
and give a description of the car. She said she felt a bump then
and noticed that she had a flat right tire. It was initially
reported that her tire had been shot, but this was not the case,
Cochran said a lookout was given on the suspect's car and he
was later stopped by Banks County deputies. Phillips was transported
by a Banks County deputy to the suspect's vehicle where she identified
him as the man involved in the altercation, according to the
incident report. His wife and a child were also in the car when
the incident occurred.
Cochran said other charges may be pending following a discussion
with the district attorney.
Santa will be spotted in three Jackson
County towns this weekend. The Jefferson Christmaas parade will
be held Saturday afternoon, the Maysville Christmas in the Park
celebration will be Saturday night and Commerce will have its
parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Jefferson Christmas parade will be held in downtown Jefferson
at 3 p.m. Saturday, with floats decorated in honor of "An
exciting century of Christmases."
Senior citizens 90 and older will be grand marshals of the parade,
which is sponsored by the Jefferson Junior Women.
Line-up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial
Stadium, with judging to be at 2 p.m. before the parade's start
at 3 p.m. The parade will pass through downtown Jefferson and
end at Wilkins Industries.
The Maysville Community Improvement Club will host "Christmas
in the Park" on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Entertainment, refreshments and door prizes will be among the
highlights. Santa will also be on hand for photographs with the
The Christmas hay ride will be held after the lighting of the
memorial tree. For more information on the celebration, call
Cyndi Taylor at 652-2334.
A Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
December 11, in Maysville. Tickets will be available from any
Community Improvement Club member or at the Maysville Golden
Pantry or the Short Stop Convenience Store.
Local children will have a chance to have breakfast with Santa
Claus in Jefferson Saturday, December 11.
The Optimist Club of Jackson County will hold its third annual
Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Electric
Membership Corporation's auditorium.
Tickets are available from any Optimist Club member, at Regions
Bank and JEMC. Proceeds will benefit area youth programs.
Santa Claus will be at the Hoschton gazebo from 10:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11.
Children will be able to have a free photograph taken with Santa
and will receive a surprise stocking.