Local News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.