Ramsey: Haslam raised taxes

NASHVILLE -- Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, said Thursday that Knoxville's property tax rate may indeed be the lowest in a half century, but that does not take away the fact that a GOP rival, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, hiked taxes as mayor.

"He did raise them," the Blountville Republican told reporters. "And the reason he can say they're the lowest in several years is the fact that they went through a reappraisal and when you go through a reappraisal you lower the rate."

Mr. Haslam is spending an estimated $1 million running television and radio ads that tout his biography, including his work for the family's Pilot Travel Centers. The 60-second television spot, which ends a 16-day run Sunday, at one point features a box that says Knoxville has its lowest property tax rates in 50 years.