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  • Simply a no-show, or no invite?

    A challenger was absent from the Oliver Springs mayoral candidates forum.

    Jerry Vann, who is running against incumbent Chris Hepler, didn’t attend Monday night’s forum at city hall.

    He faxed a statement to the Roane County News that said he wasn’t invited.

    City officials contend that’s not true.

    “I hate that he feels that he wasn’t invited, but he definitely was,” City Manager Tina Treece said. The town’s website says invitations were mailed to all candidates on Oct. 17.

  • Early voting ending on Thursday

    Thursday marks the end of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

    So far the turnout hasn’t approached 2010 numbers.

    “We’re running about 1,000 behind to what we were in 2010,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “I don’t know what the significance of that is.”

    According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 5,213 people voted in Roane County during the first 10 days of early voting in 2010.

    Over the same period this year, that number was 4,084.

  • A RENAISSANCE FOR HARRIMAN
  • Rockwood cleanup gets boost

    Rockwood continues to tackle cleanup issues around the city, this week passing ordinances to strengthen penalties and also requesting bids for the demolition of one problem location.

    Rockwood passed on first reading two ordinances to revise city codes regarding overgrown and trashed lots. These would make fines mandatory for individuals found guilty.

    “Now they’ll have to pay the fines and it will really help our city,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans.

    The first ordinance permits the city to cleanup lots at the owner’s expense.

  • Kingston solar farm, round 2
  • Two men charged in shooting

    Two men have been indicted in a shooting incident that occurred over the summer.

    Bobby Lee Murray, 54, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Jacob Lee Murray, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

    The shooting happened on Old Elverton Road on July 21. One of the alleged victims was Joshua Brown, whose wife and three children were killed in a car crash on Hwy. 61 in 2011.

  • ‘It was improper’

    Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew responded to Commissioner Ron Berry’s request about the Sept. 8 Roane County Economic Development Foundation meeting.

    The foundation voted to split the $1 million in ash spill public image repair funds between Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood and Roane County.

    Harriman and Kingston each received $375,000, the county received $150,000 and Rockwood, where Leffew serves as the city attorney, received $100,000.

  • Jerry Vann: Windrock a selling point for town

    Jerry Vann has a family history of public service.

    Vann, who has thrown his hat into the Oliver Springs mayoral race against incumbent Chris Hepler, saw his father and brother serve on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen at different times. An uncle also served as mayor.

    Now Vann wants his chance to make some changes in the small town, which spills in to Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties.

    “I would just like to see things grow, some things change; things of that nature,” he said.

  • Chris Hepler: Proud of new parks, fire department

    Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler is vying for his second full term.

    Hepler was a second-term aldermen when he was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of Mayor Ed Kelley, who died suddenly in August 2006.

    He was elected to his first full term as mayor in 2009.

    “I’m interested in being mayor because I like this town,” Hepler said. “I have an interest in our town. I like to play an active role in it.”

    He said he thinks he can do a better job than his contender, Jerry Vann.

  • Kingston gets nod to pave Ky. Street

    The city of Kingston received some good news about highway funds when Tennessee Department of Transportation recently gave the go-ahead on a Kentucky Street paving project.

    The project will use money from the state’s Surface Transportation Program.

    In the past, municipalities were allotted funding to spend on road projects on state highways. Kingston had been collecting its share, without using it, for some time, and had around $380,000.