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By DAMON LAWRENCE
Volunteer fire departments rely heavily on donations and fund-raisers to operate.
Some chiefs are worried the contributions could dry up if a fire tax district is created to help fund a county fire department.
“I’m pretty sure it could,” West Roane County Chief Charlie Redwine said. “I’m no expert on that, but it could cause some people to say, ‘Well, I’m paying taxes for it now, so why should I donate?’”
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