November Update

November update for Knox County!

***Another month zoomed by and we added many new supporters and donors to our campaign for Knox County Mayor! We continue to work hard toward our goal since our announcement last May. If you would like more details on our campaign or would like to view our announcement follow this link:

***This month’s Knox County School Bus Safety awards will be Thursday, November 17th at 11:00am at Ted Russell Ford. The awards are sponsored by Ted Russell Ford and WIVK. Five drivers who were graded with excellent marks will be presented a $100 check from Andy White owner of Ted Russell Ford along with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Knox County School System and a prize package from WIVK.

 ***On Wednesday, November 16th the next Ed & Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County will be at E. B.’s Eats and Treats, 4620 Mill Branch Drive in Halls from 5-7pm. Join us for some “treats” and a little conversation or to share any concerns you may have.

***I graduated from the Knoxville Airport Authority’s Aviation Academy. The five weeks of education about “behind the scenes” activities at McGhee Tyson Airport and Knoxville Downtown Island Airport were a great learning experience.

***I will be participating in the Knox County Schools’ “Principal for a Day” program again this year. On Tuesday, Nov. 15th I will be at Rocky Hill Elementary.

***The Knox County Health Department’s video presentation to the National Association of Counties Health Learning Challenge was screened Oct. 25th. You can see the video I hosted about how to make counties across America healthier here:

***On October 22nd I participated in the 3rd Annual Five Points Clean-Up. The group’s mission is to unify and beautify East Knoxville through increased community engagement and community pride. I chose to concentrate on cleaning the Burlington area, where I spent a lot of my childhood.

***On Friday, November 25th the Clarence Brown Theater presents the opening night of “A Christmas Carol.” Performances will run through December 18th. For more details visit
***On November 1st the Emerald Youth Foundation Legacy Dinner took place. My Holston High School classmate Renda Burkardt was honored for her outstanding contributions.

***On November 3rd the Annual Mission of Hope Banquet took place at Rothchild’s. This program helps those families in need throughout the Appalachian area. Great crowd and great performance and testimony from my friend Sammy “Barney Fife” Sawyer.

***On November 4th the “Boots, Buckles and Books,” annual fundraiser for the Friends of Literacy took place at the Standard. Great night of fun, food and music for a very good cause.

***The Young-Williams Animal Center’s “Furry Fall Festival” on November 6th was a huge success. Put it on your calendar for 2017!

***The Annual Hope Gala will be Friday, November 11th at the Mill and Mine on Depot Avenue. As a Board Member of the East Tennessee American Cancer Society, I hope everyone will consider attending this fundraiser that helps battle a disease that has affected so many East Tennessee families. Details here:

In Commission news…
On Monday, November 14th at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its monthly workshop in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. This month we are meeting a week earlier due to Thanksgiving.

On Monday, November 21st 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. The Beer Board will meet at 4:00pm. The regular Commission meeting 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 November are from two departments: 15 school resolutions (merely a formality as they pass whether we vote for them or not) and 6 from Engineering and Public Works. In zoning there are 7 issues this month. Some resolutions that stand out are:
1. Approval of the receipt of $600,000 for a State of Tennessee Department of Education Innovation Zone grant.
2. Approval of a Port Security Program grant in the amount of $132,452 to purchase a marine enforcement boat.
3. Approval of secondary service weapons donated to officers upon retirement.

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 Commission
Chairman, Knox County Cable TV Committee
Chairman, 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