August 2017 update

Here is your August Update for Knox County!

***Thanks to all of the new supporters we added in August in our campaign for Knox County Mayor! In the upcoming months ahead, we will be out in many neighborhoods visiting with citizens where they work, play and pray. We are in the fourth month of our “Faith Tour” of visiting a new church service each week.


***The August Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County will be Wednesday, August 23rd,  5-7p at Sam and Andy’s, 11110 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Come out and talk with your Commissioners and enjoy West Knoxville’s best burger!

***I will be the guest speaker at the South Knoxville Republican Club Thursday, August 17th. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at Gondoliers Restaurant, 7644 Mountain Grove Drive off Chapman Highway just past John Sevier. Come out and say hello!

***I will be the guest speaker at “Just Us Marines” Breakfast on Friday,  August 18th,  8am at Mimi’s restaurant in Turkey Creek. If you are a Marine, come out and join us! I look forward to meeting you!

***Friday Night Lights! Again! I will be the guest stadium announcer Friday night, September 15th for the Central Bobcats game. I will be wearing my red and black!

***The July Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County was at SoKno Tacos in South Knoxville. We had a great turnout and enjoyed some great Mexican food as well!


Commissioners Thomas and Brantley at SoKno Tacos

Commissioner Thomas meeting and listening to citizen concerns

***Welcome  Knoxville Open to Fox Den August 17th – 20th. Be sure to get out and watch these up-and-coming pros and enjoy this great Knox County sporting event. Details at

***Saturday night, August 19th will be the Sertoma Center’s Taste of the Tropics annual dinner and auction. For more details go to:

***Knox County will host a viewing party for the total solar eclipse Monday, August 21st in The Cove at Concord Park from 11a to 3:30p. The eclipse will occur at 2:33pm. Come for the fun and bring your eclipse glasses!

***Knoxville City early voting ends Thursday,  August 24th. Election will be Tuesday, Aug 29th.

***The Knoxville Latino Awards will be Saturday, August 26th,  6pm at the Mill and Mine. For more details visit:

***Labor Day – Monday night, September 4th the Tennessee Vols will play Geogia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. Kickoff is 7PM ET. Go Vols!

***Saturday, September 9th the Vols will take on Indiana State in their home opener.

***Knox County Senior Day is Friday, September 15th at John Tarleton Field off of Sutherland Ave. All seniors are welcome!

In Commission news…

On Monday, August 21st at 5:00pm, the Knox County Commission will hold its regular monthly workshop. The meeting will take place in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

On Monday, August 28th 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. 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 80 items. This month the bulk of the items are from the School Board and Community Development. There are 21 items from the School Board and 18 from Community Development. School resolutions are merely a formality as they pass whether we vote for them or not. In zoning, there are 10 issues this month. Some resolutions that stand out are:

  1. Resolution for additional flashing lights at pedestrian crossing in the amount of $129,000.

    2. Resolution for the extension of the Rural Metro ambulance service for an additional 5 years without rebidding the contract.

  2. Discussion of complaints about billing by Rural Metro.
  3. Approval of various Block Grants by Community Development for just over $250,000.


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