April Update

Here is the April Update for Knox County!

***This month we are starting our meetings in communities. We may be coming to your neighborhood. A list of some of the places I will speaking are below.  IS BELOW

***On Monday, May 8th I will be the speaker at the west Knox Republican Club. They meet at the Red Lobster on Kingston Pike. Dinner at 6, meeting strats at 7.

***On Tuesday, April 18th I will be the guest speaker at the Halls High School Academic Banquet. This event honors juniors and seniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA and inducts new members into the National Honor Society. The event will be in the Dogwood Room at the Expo Center.

***On Wednesday April 19th I will be the guest speaker at the Beaden High School Future Leaders of America. This group encourages young students to plan to be leaders of the future.

***On Friday  April 21st I will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Knoxville’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. It begins at 7am at the Foundry on the Worlds Fair site. 

***The April Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County will be on Thursday, April 20th 5-7p at Chandler’s Deli, 3101 East Magnolia in East Knoxville. We invite all Knox County citizens to stop by and talk with us about their concerns and try their world famous ribs!

More details here:https://www.facebook.com/events/291322611281709/

***The March Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County was at Sam and Andy’s in Ft. City. It was another great turnout!

Commissioners Bob Thomas, Ed Brantley and Charlie Busler

***Join me for the Five Points Up East Knoxville Clean-Up on Saturday April 29th from 9a to noon. Meet at the Eternal Life Harvest Center Plaza to gather supplies like litter-pickers, gloves, garbage bags and safety vests. Then return to the plaza at noon for a free lunch.

***The Knox County School Bus Driver Awards for April will be Wednesday, April 19th at Ted Russell Ford. We will once again honor five drivers that do it right everyday for our children.

***The Knox County Republican Club Lincoln Day Dinner will be Friday, April 21st, 7pm at Rothchilds on Kingston Pike. Guest speaker will be Senator Roy Blunt.

***The Knoxville Opera’s 16th annual Rossini International Street Fair will be Saturday, April 22nd from 10a to 9p on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

***There will be a reception for the new Knox County Superintendent Bob Thomas (the other Bob Thomas) on Thursday, May 4th at 5pm at the Standard on Jackson Ave. 

***The Emerald Youth Prayer Breakfast will be at 7am Friday, May 5th at the Expo Center.

***The Knoxville Chamber Pinnacle Awards will be Friday, May 12th, 6pm at the Knoxville Convention Center.

***Easter Sunday is April 16th. I wish everyone a happy Easter and I hope to see you at church!

***Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th! 

In Commission news…

On Monday, April 17th at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its monthly workshop in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

On Monday, April 24th at 1:30pm, 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. Beer Board, Commission and Zoning will all take place in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

The Commission agenda has approximately 62 items. This month the bulk of the items are from  the School Board and Engineering. There are 15 items from the School Board and 7 from Engineering. School resolutions are merely a formality as they pass whether we vote for them or not. In zoning, there are 4 issues this month. Some resolutions that stand out are:

  1. A resolution honoring long-time Knox County official Steve Hall
  2. Approving a donation of $223,000 from Randy and Jenny Boyd for renovations to the South-Doyle High School Library.
  3. Approving an Employment contract for Superintendent Bob Thomas.
  4. Approving a construction contract of over $1M for bridge repairs at Bells Campground Road, Pedigo Road and Wayland Road.
  5. Approving a construction contract of $291,647 for a new overhead bridge at Ball Camp Pike.
  6. Approving of the acceptance of grants for over $14M for the Health Department.


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

Bob.Thomas@KnoxCounty.org 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