Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

News

August 26, 2013

Unfinished business leads to Roberts' council run

Knoxville — Mike Roberts was elected to the Knoxville City Council in 2007, but before he was sworn in, he accepted the position of Fire Chief. Roberts is again seeking a seat on the council, in part, because he wants to do the things he promised when people elected him six years ago. 

Roberts said he wants to fulfill the obligation he made to the several Knoxville residents who voted for him. One of his goals if elected is to improve economic development in the City. 

He has already been working to bring business to Knoxville. As an employee of Knoxville Manufacturing, Roberts has been working for over a year to try to attract subtenants to the VA campus. Roberts also travels for his duties with the Knoxville Raceway, for whom he has worked since 1999. Through these travels, he has consistently tried to market Knoxville as an entire community. 

Roberts is a lifelong Knoxville resident, with the exception of one year he spent in Des Moines. While living there, Roberts says he "couldn't wait to get home." 

His travels for the race track have also given him glimpses at cities of different size. Seeing these places have given him some ideas about ways to improve Knoxville. He believes Knoxville has a lot to offer, and should tout its proximity to Interstates 35 and 80 to grow. 

Though he did not serve on the council, and is neither employed by the City any longer, he has worked with the City while trying to fill the VA. He said he has a good relationship with City Manager Harold Stewart.

"There's hardly a week that goes by in which we don't have a discussion," Roberts said of Stewart. He was asked about the role of the city manager versus the city council. He believes the manager's role should be to oversee the city, and that direction is probably provided to the manager through closed sessions. 

Text Only
News
  • streetscape July 29.jpg Paving may begin late next week

    The Third Street project is about three weeks behind, but paving may begin late next week. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Playground to be closed

    The wooden playground structure at Auld Park will be closed Thursday, while the City applies a new coat of sealant. Caution tape will be placed around the structure. When the sealant dries, the structure will be reopened. 

    July 29, 2014

  • Shrine Bowl 19.jpg Slideshow: Shrine Bowl Marion County was well-represented at the annual Shrine Bowl in Cedar Falls on Saturday. Football coaches Jay McKinstrey of Pella and Eric Keller of Knoxville led the south team, which won 23-7. The Pleasantville High School Dance Team also played a big role in the pregame festivities.

    July 28, 2014

  • library.jpg New library at Auld Park

    The City installed this new library at Auld Park Wednesday afternoon. The Optimist Club helped create this new way for the people of Knoxville to share literature.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • marked bricks.jpg Bricks being marked, intersection to close

    Streetscape Project Manager Richard Brees is going around the square once again, marking bricks that require replacement before the project is accepted.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Republicans.jpg Republicans to hold events
    The Marion County Republicans are holding events in Knoxville and Pella Saturday, July 26. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fawn.jpg Marion County photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced at the Marion County Fair. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seusical for web.jpg Seusical opens Friday

    Seussical the Musical will be performed live on stage at the Pella Community Center over the next two weeks. The show will feature some familiar Knoxville faces, including lead character "Cat in the Hat" performed by Knoxville High School student Colby Jones and "Horton the Elephant" played by 3M employee Todd Weber. Other Knoxville actors include Greg May as the General and Liz DeMoss as a Who.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Drug bust in Pershing

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Pershing last night, leading to one arrest. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Features
AP Video
New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Senate Confirms McDonald As VA Secretary Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Fish Oil Plant Blast Kills One Two Huge Fires Burning in Northern California Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Suspect Dead, Marshals and Cop Wounded in NYC Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Arts, Humanities Awards Handed Out at WH Former Va. Governor's Corruption Trial Begins Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video $15B Deal on Vets' Health Care Reached Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov.
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results