September update for Knox County!

***THANK YOU to our many new supporters donating to our campaign for Knox County Mayor! We continue to work hard toward our goal since our announcement in May. If you would like more details on our campaign or missed our announcement you can view it at

***On Wednesday, September 21st, this month’s Ed & Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County will be 5-7p at Archer’s Bar BQ, 408 South Gay Street downtown. We invite you to join us for some of Archer Bagley’s Memphis Style BBQ.

***On Tuesday, August 16th I had the honor of speaking at the Knox County Young Republicans Club. Thanks to everyone that joined us.

***On Wednesday, September 7th I was the guest speaker at the College Republicans Club on the University of Tennessee campus in the Howard Baker Jr. Center. What a great crowd! And  many volunteered to help our campaign. These young men and woman are our future.

***Tuesday, August 30th I joined others to raise funds for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital  on “The Star of Knoxville” riverboat with the “Cards for Kids.” It was a fun night! Thanks to my supporters who made us the top fundraiser!

***As a member of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Board I was glad to see us break ground on the new Plumb Creek Park in August. 

***Tennessee football is in full swing with two home games coming up…Ohio University this Saturday and Florida the next Saturday. At the Battle at Bristol my son Chad and I enjoyed seeing Peyton Manning and NASCAR great Rusty Wallace.

***On Tuesday, September 20th, I will be the host at Tennova’s Senior Day lunchtime performance at the Dixie Stampede. All seniors are invited. There will be a Wellness Expo before the show. Doors open 11:00am.

***Sunday, September 25th, 5p-8p, you can return to the Corner, (now Holly’s Corner) and hear Con Hunley sing and enjoy a meal from one of Knoxville’s top chefs. Limited seating! Get your tickets now at

***Friday Night Lights! Many of you know I narrated the film, Friday Night Lights as “Slammin’ Sammy Stands,”…well Friday night, September 30th I will be the stadium announcer at Central High School’s football game. I did one game last year and I enjoyed seeing a lot of old friends and meeting many new ones. I appreciate being invited back.

***Dinner on the Bridge! I am on the Arts & Culture Alliance Board which is hosting a dinner on the Gay Street bridge Sunday, October 2nd to celebrate Knoxville’s 225th anniversary. Seating is limited. Get your reservations and more details at

In Commission news…

On Monday, September19th at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its monthly workshop in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. Psst! At 4:30p we will be shooting the new group photo!

On Monday, September 26th 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.

The bulk of the items that are coming before Commission for August are from two departments: 41 school resolutions (merely a formality as they pass whether we vote for them or not) and 8 from Engineering and Public Works. There are four zoning issues this month. Some resolutions that stand out are:
1. Contract for the building of sidewalks at Powell Middle School
2. Consideration of approving state aid in resurfacing Brushy Valley Road at I-75 with $530,082 paid by TDOT and $10,818 from Knox County.
3. Consideration of accepting a federal grant of $183,457 for the Knox County Department of Air Quality
4. Consideration of transferring ownership of 45 acres of county property know as Meads Quarry to Ijams Nature Center.

Should you or any Knox County resident need assistance from Knox County government, please contact me at: or 865-309-4364

Seat 10 At-Large Commissioner of Knox County CommissionChairman, Knox County Cable TV CommitteeChairman, Knox County Disability Committee
Knox County Development Corp Board
Knox County Pension & Retirement Committee
Knox County Parks & Recreation Board
Metro Drug Coalition Board
Dogwood Arts Festival Board
Young-Williams Animal Center Board
American Cancer Society Board
Arts & Culture Alliance Board
Community Television Board
Thompson-Boling Arena Use Committee