Sen. Kaine touches on immigration and hears business concerns

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sen. Kaine touches on immigration and hears business concerns

“It’s time to solve the issue of Visa reform,” said U. S. Senator Tim Kaine at the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. Highly skilled talent is needed for unfilled high-tech jobs in the U.S. Forcing highly skilled educated college graduates back to their country of origin after graduation is the wrong thing to […]

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The Old/New Roanoke City Seal Wins Approval

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Old/New Roanoke City Seal Wins Approval

Of the 531 who responded to the online survey 90 percent liked the old 1884 seal over Roanoke City’s current 1906 version. City Council’s voice vote was 5-1 in favor of reverting to the 1884 city seal. Councilman Dave Trinkle was absent and Mayor Bowers was the lone dissenter. Most of those favoring the current […]

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Roanoke City seal takes the spotlight

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Roanoke City seal takes the spotlight

Until Monday citizens might have had trouble identifying any of the characteristics of the Roanoke City seal. “I think there is a woman in it,” said Fran. Another citizen said she knew it was white. City Manager Chris Morrill brought the details of the 107 year old seal to city council’s attention at the Monday […]

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Call AG Ken Cuccinelli for advice on Roanoke’s seal

Friday, March 1, 2013

Call AG Ken Cuccinelli for advice on Roanoke's seal

Where is the Tea Party when you need them. They should be up in arms over such government waste. It is a  UN Agenda 21 conspiracy after all. Call AG Ken Cuccinelli about this. He is an expert on government seals and artistic decency. Attorney General Cuccinelli will stop using “virtuous” label pin I suspect […]

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New city attorney will start work without the title

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New city attorney will start work without the title

New Hampshire lawyer Daniel Callaghan was selected by council from a pool of 33 applicants to fill the vacant Roanoke City Attorney position on July 16, 2012. Colin Baenziger of Baenziger & Associates was the same recruiter that located Chris Morrill for Roanoke city manager in 2010. Morrill, Callaghan’s brother-in-law responded in an email inquiry to […]

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Roanoke Civic Center subsidy remains stable

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Roanoke Civic Center subsidy remains stable

Robyn Schon Roanoke Civic Center manager said that since the Roanoke Civic Center has been managed by Global Spectrum during the last four years the city’s subsidy has been reduced by 50 percent. The subsidy is expected to remain stable. “Decreasing the subsidy is a tricky one. We’ll never get to zero,” said Schon. By […]

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Roanoke City’s Budget for Outcomes wins Governor’s Technology Award

Friday, September 7, 2012

The City of Roanoke’s “Budget for Outcomes” is the winner in the category of “Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government.” City manager Chris Morrill  brought the improved budget process to Roanoke when he began his tenure as Roanoke’s city manager in 2010. Winners were determined by a distinguished panel of government information technology (IT) […]

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Search for Roanoke City attorney was an exhaustive effort

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Search for Roanoke City attorney was an exhaustive effort

See BOLD updated: Daniel Callaghan is Roanoke’s new city attorney but it was not a unanimous decision. He is city manager Chris Morrill’s brother-in-law. He starts with the city October 17 with a salary of $150,000. Callaghan, 57 hails from Manchester, New Hampshire where he is a partner in the law firm of Devine, Millimet […]

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Was GFOA conference worth the cost to Roanoke taxpayers?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Was GFOA conference worth the cost to Roanoke taxpayers?

When the list of attendees to the Government Finance Officer Association’s 2012-2013 annual business conference came out I became a bit curious as to the expense. Seven attended and the City Manager brought his family. For sure it was a prestigious moment for Roanoke’s city manager to be named president. A good addition to his […]

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City manager recognized as president of finance association

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

City manager recognized as president of finance association

Roanoke’s city manager Chris Morrill became the Government Finance Officer Association’s 2012-2013 president at the association’s June 12 annual business meeting in Chicago, Illinois. In his GFOA speech Morrill expressed his thanks to the mayor and city council for recognizing the value that his association with the GFOA can bring back to Roanoke. He remarked […]

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Tinge of tension at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tinge of tension at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast

The tension in Richmond for the most part did not openly carry over to Friday’s 2012 legislative breakfast though one could here inklings of it if listening closely. The breakfast is held annually by the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce. On the dais were senators Ralph Smith and John Edwards and delegates Nick Rush, Greg […]

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Countryside improvements not moving fast enough for some

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Countryside improvements not moving fast enough for some

Chris Chittum planning administrator with Roanoke City was pleased by the response he received to the initial sketches of the park, trails, natural areas and location of a section of the Greenway around the old golf course. The $1.5 million of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds were earmarked to make improvements on part of the […]

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