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  • ‘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.

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  • Stockton has thousands for ’18 sheriff’s bid

    The 2014 campaign didn’t break Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    His third-quarter campaign financial disclosure statement shows he finished the race with $17,651.98 in cash on hand.

    “I had a good group of people helping me for the right reasons,” Stockton said.

    “They felt like I had done a decent job as sheriff, and they wanted to see me win again,” he added.

    Stockton captured 74.24 percent of the vote in his victory over Jared Hall in the Aug. 7 election.

  • County commissioner Ellis paid $585 for political consultation

    One of Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s campaign expenditures in the third quarter was a $585 payment to District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis for political consulting.

    Ellis downplayed his role in the campaign that saw Stockton defeat challenger Jared Hall in a landslide.

    “I really don’t do political consulting,” Ellis said. “We did a robo call for him, and I just went online and set it up for him.”

    Ellis said he had experience with robo calls from one of his own political campaigns.

  • Man with 5 DUIs under indictment in fatal crash

    A Rockwood man allegedly involved in a fatal car wreck in 2013 was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Johnny Ray Foland is charged with DUI sixth offense, implied consent violation, driving on a revoked license fourth offense, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and aggravated vehicular homicide.

    The fatal wreck occurred on Eagle Furnace Road on Aug. 19, 2013, and resulted in the death of 54-year-old Teri L. Stephenson of Rockwood.

  • Kingston Police Department to start accreditation process

    Kingston City Council has given the go-ahead for the city police department to seek accreditation.

    Accreditation would be a feather in the cap for both the city and Kingston Police Department, led by Chief Jim Washam.

    Accreditation signifies that a department is keeping up with the changing times in law enforcement, employing up-to-date equipment and methodologies and meeting high standards in its policies and practices.

  • Call for details about tornado relief