Here’s the June update for Knox County!

***A big THANK YOU  to everyone who came out to hear our announcement of my candidacy for Knox County Mayor! The turnout -in the middle of a downpour -was humbling. I spoke to so many people that day. I appreciate the great show of support by my family, co-workers, long-time friends and new friends. We look forward to continuing to reach out and meeting the good people across Knox County and working to earn their trust. If you would like to know more about our campaign please visit

***The Ed & Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County for June will be Wednesday, June 22nd in Rocky Hill!
 Join us from 5p-7p at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, 7670 South Northshore Drive, 37919. Ed and I believe that going out to the people eases the strain on those who, because of work, commitments, financial situation or the distance to the City-County Building, cannot attend regular commission meetings. All elected officials, media and public are welcome to attend. This is not a commission meeting. There is no agenda. There will be no votes taken. We hope to see you there and while you’re there, enjoy some great ice cream. At Bruster’s they give FREE baby cones to children under 40″ and FREE “doggie sundaes” to your furry friends. So bring your little ones and furry friends so Ed and I can kiss some babies and shake some paws!

***We welcome Burt Reynolds to Knox County to film “Dog Days!”

***It was my honor to speak at the June meeting of the North Knoxville Rotary Club. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation from this wonderful group.

***On Saturday, June 18th from Noon-6p it’s “We Love District 1 Day” at the Botanical Gardens, 2743 Wimpole Ave. There will be fun activities for the entire family.

***Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day!

***On Tuesday, June 21st there will be a special guest in town. More details to come!

***The City of Farragut Annual 4th of July Parade will begin at 9:30am at Farragut High School. Kim and I will be riding in the parade so come out and join us!

***On Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm it will be my honor to speak at the Ft. City Republican Club at the Shoney’s on North Broadway.

In Commission news…

On Monday, June 18th at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its monthly workshop in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

On Monday, June 25th at 1pm the Knox County Pension and Retirement Board will meet on the 6th floor of the City County Building in the Commission Conference Room. I am on that board and will be present. Also that day, the Knox County Commission Beer Board will meet earlier than usual (at 3pm) due to so many violations of selling to minors that will be brought forth. The regular Commission will begin at 5pm followed by Zoning at 7pm. All meetings will take place in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. 

The list is long for items before the Commission this month. There are 89 items. Among them, schools have 24 items, Community Development has 17, Engineering and Public Works have 16. There are nine zoning issues and six items from the Health Department. Some that stand out are:
1. Approving the amended contract of the Board of Education Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas.
2. A contract with Yellow Bus Transport Advisory for school bus driver training services.
3. Approving a Voluntary Pre-K grant of $2,014.200 from the State of Tennessee Department of Education with required matching funds of $1,158,027.
4. Resolution of acceptance of $8,180.40 of donated funds from the A. L. Lotts Elementary School for the installation of an Octaball Pit on the playground. Thanks parents!
5. Several resolutions to pay for changes of utilities as the county improves the intersection of Gleason Road and Ebenezer Road.
6. Resolutions regarding proposed changes in the fee structure charged builders by the Knox County Code Administration and Inspection Department. This was deferred from May.
7. Several resolutions regarding the approval of many Community Development Block Grants totaling over $780,000.
8. Resolution approving a grant of $130,000 from the U.S. EPA for Knox County’s Air Monitoring Program.
9. Resolution approving funding of $5,000,000 over 5 years for the Zoo Knoxville.  I have seen the plans for the future of the zoo and I believe they are beneficial to Knox County and residents of east Knox County.
10. There will also be a discussion about the new Hardin Valley and Gibbs Middle Schools.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Should you or any Knox County resident need assistance from Knox County government, please contact me at: or 865-309-4364
Vice Chairman, Knox County Commission
Chairman, Knox County Disability Committee
Knox County Development Corp Board
Knox County Pension & Retirement Committee
Knox County Parks & Recreation Board
Dogwood Arts Festival Board
Young-Williams Animal Center Board
American Cancer Society Board
Arts & Culture Alliance Board