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Rushton resigns from Roanoke council

Former Roanoke City Council member Tommy Rushton was absent from Monday’s council meeting, and it was announced during the meeting that Rushton had resigned from his spot as District 3’s representative.

Rushton spent almost exactly two years on the council after he was appointed on Sept. 20, 2021, to replace Bronwyn Bishop.

Rushton was forced to resign because he and his family moved out of District 3, which was the same reason for Bishop’s resignation two years ago.

The council has 60 days to appoint a replacement for Rushton. If they are unable to do so, a special election will be held to vote in a new member.

Trash pickups missed

The city received several complaints from residents on West Point Street who did not have their trash cans out early enough to have their garbage collected last week. Tim Jacobs reminded residents that trash bins must be at the roadside by 6 a.m. on the designated collection day in order to assure that garbage is collected on that day. Taking the trash to the roadside the evening before the collection date was also recommended if residents are not up before 6 a.m.

Jacobs also reminded Roanoke citizens to bag their trash before placing it in the bins for collection. Unbagged trash – particularly when it comes to food-related waste – attracts bugs and vermin and creates difficulty and delays for the trash collection workers.


Both police chief Jonathan Caldwell and council member Tammi Holley offered reminders to Roanoke citizens to celebrate this week’s Handley homecoming festivities safely and responsibly. Caldwell asked citizens to drink responsibly and to not drink and drive. Holley encouraged celebrators to “leave off your beef with whomever and just have fun.”

Recreation center rules

Roanoke resident Delvan Houston presented the council with amended rules for the city’s recreation facilities. Those rules were put together by a team of advisors as a way to find common ground after the original rules passed by the council were disputed. Houston requested a workshop meeting so that the council could finalize the rules and put the matter to rest.

Mayor Jill Patterson-Hicks said she would work to find a day for the requested workshop.

Tommy Rushton, seen here being sworn in to office in October of 2021, has resigned his District 3 seat on the Roanoke City Council after he and his family moved out of the district.