Here’s the July update for Knox County!

***THANK YOU  to everyone who has donated to our campaign for Knox County Mayor! We’ve been working very hard since our announcement in May. If you would like more details on our campaign or missed our announcement you can view it at

***On Tuesday, July 12th I have the honor of speaking at the Ft. City Republican Club. It starts at 7pm at the Shoney’s on North Broadway. Come out and see me!

***We had a great afternoon of ice cream and conversation at the June Ed 7 Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County at Bruster’s in Rocky Hill. Due to the heat and so many people on family outings and vacations there will not be an Ed & Bob NIGHT OUT in July. But in August we may be coming to your neighborhood!

***What a great 4th of July! We started with the Farragut Parade…

And the grandkids pitched in, too!

Then we headed to the Powell Parade and Celebration…

***I am on the Knox County Health Department’s National Association of Counties Health Learning Challenge Committee. The NACo National Convention is later this month in Long Beach, CA. We will present our ideas and a video on how to make Knox County more mobile and healthy at the convention. My part of the video was shot at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

***On July 1st the newest Knox County Disc Golf Course was opened at Powell Station Park.  The course was dedicated to the memory of Travis Wegener. Disc golf is fun for the entire family and with several courses across the county there is one near you!

***Monday,  July 11th the annual West Knoxville Republican Club’s Picnic & Cake Auction starts at 5pm at Rothchild’s, 8807 Kingston Pike. It’s FREE so bring your friends and neighbors.  

***The Pat Summitt “Celebration of Life” will take place Thursday, July 14th beginning at 7pm at Thompson-Boling Arena. She was a tremendous inspiration to many people and will be missed.

***The Republican National Convention is a MUST SEE! It starts July 17th and runs through the 22nd.

In Commission news…

On Monday, July 18th at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its monthly workshop in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. Just prior to that there will be a Finance Committee meeting at 4p.

On Monday, July 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 at 4pm. 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. 

In contrast to June the list of items before Commission this month is short. There are 22 school resolutions while Engineering and Public Works has 5. There are seven zoning issues this month. Some that stand out are:
1. Approving the purchase and installation of Bermuda grass, irrigation and fencing behind Northshore Elementary School funded by the PTA, 1st utility District, Sentinel Builders, Bryant Fence Company, Carolina Green Corporation and Concord Title. I love when a community comes together to make things happen!.
2. Approving a donation from Lift Life Foundation  for up to $150,000 in renovations and equipment for the Fulton High School weight room.
3. Approving a donation of $47,600 from the Pond Gap PTA for upgrades to their playground.
4. Approving a grant contract of 4562,833 between the Knox County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health for Public health Emergency Awareness.

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