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Governor Bill Haslam says he is concerned about a controversial bill that would let neighborhoods annexed after 1998 vote to leave their cities.

Knoxville voluntarily stopped forcible annexation more than a decade ago when Bill Haslam was mayor.

However, the 1990s and early 2000s were a time of rapid expansion under former mayor Victor Ashe.

Knoxville grew by 26 square miles during his time as mayor, mostly through what was nicknamed "finger annexation" that extended the city limits in the shape of fingers along the interstates.

Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero said she opposes the deannexation bill and believes it goes too far by trying to turn back the clock 18 years."These are properties that have been part of the city for a couple of decades," said Rogero.

"We have not heard an outcry for deannexation, so we're a little puzzled why this is actually making its way through the legislature.

Plus, Knoxville already stopped forcible annexation more than a decade ago."Rogero said deannexation would present a large problem because the city has installed water, sewer, and other services in those neighborhoods.

WBIR 10News searched our archives for stories about residents upset with annexation in Knoxville after 1998.

One neighborhood was the Mount Pleasant subdivision near Clinton Highway and Schaad Road in the summer of 2000.

We contacted the same people in those stories from 2000 and none of them still lived in the annexed neighborhood.

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