• What: Soddy-Daisy city auction
• When: 8 a.m. today
• Where: Soddy-Daisy Municipal Building, 9835 Dayton Pike
It's not exactly like the TV shows "Pawn Stars" or "Storage Wars," but bidders will have a chance to purchase a variety of items from Soddy-Daisy during an auction this morning.
Nearly three years' worth of confiscated and abandoned items ranging from cars to guns are up for bid. Potential buyers will have an hour to look through the items, which include 15 vehicles, beginning at 8 a.m. today. The auction kicks off at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until about noon.
Burt Johnson, the city finance director and recorder, expects more than 100 bidders to show up and $10,000 to $40,000 to be raised.
"Most of this eventually gets released to the city and it's been piling up over the years," Johnson said.
All property has been audited and checked by a third party and city auditors, Johnson said.
There are about 50 guns up for auction, mostly hunting rifles, and several have scopes. Johnson said the weapons are being sold through a pawn shop in Dayton because state law restricts the unlicensed city from selling them.
"Those that don't sell will probably just be used as scrap," he said.
City Manager Hardie Stulce emphasized the strict regulations on the gun sales.
"Criminals are not eligible to purchase" these guns, he said. "We have to follow federal and state law when we dispose of anything, be it a vehicle or a firearm."
Stulce added that anyone buying guns must go through a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check.
Unlike several area police stations, including East Ridge, Soddy-Daisy isn't affiliated with a website to sell surplus items after a waiting period has passed on the items.
One popular site for such purposes is www.govdeals.com, which is essentially the eBay for government agencies. The public is open to bid on the site where nearly 1,000 vehicles are listed.
"I hope we get involved with a site like that soon because this is a lot of work to put on," Johnson said.