January Update

Here is your January Update for Knox County!

Happy New Year from the Thomas family! We look forward to a great 2018!

*****My wife Kim and I are in the ninth month of our “Faith Tour” visiting a different church service each week. Many people have invited us to their church and we have visited 40 so far. If you want us to visit your church please contact us at ElectBobThomas@yahoo.com!

***I will be on Fox 43 with anchor John Becker on Tuesday, January 23rd. Be sure to tune in!

***The January Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County will be Thursday, January 18th at Little Joe’s Pizza, 13100 on Kingston Pike in Farragut from 5-7pm. This will be our 36th consecutive monthly community meeting in Knox County! Come out and talk with your Commissioners about any concerns and while you’re there have some of the best pizza in Farragut!


***The December Ed and Bob NIGHT OUT in Knox County was ringing the Salvation Army bell by the Red Kettle at West Town. Lots of people came by on a blistering cold night and donated to help the Salvation Army all year long.

 Commissioners Bob Thomas and Ed Brantley Ringing the Salvation Army Bells!


***The Martin Luther King holiday was filled with a lot of events to celebrate the life of Dr. King.  I attended the Awards Luncheon at the Downtown Marriott on Thursday, Jan 11th. Then on Monday January 15th I walked in the MLK Parade from Chilhowee Park to the Overcoming Believers Church. Chris Blue was the Grand Marshall driven by my friend Hal Hill! On Monday night I was once again one of the sponsors of the Knoxville Symphony’s Celebration of Dr. King at the Tennessee Theater.

Commissioner Thomas with Chris Blue and Hal Hill.

MLK Concert by the Knoxville Symphony at the Tennessee Theater 

***I will be the MC once again for Doc Rock, Friday, January 19th at the International. This event raises funds for local non-profit medical charities by featuring bands made up mostly of local doctors. Come join us for a great cause and hear a lot of great music! More details here: https://internationalknox.com/ OR https://www.facebook.com/DocRockForHealth/.

Commissioner Thomas on stage as MC once again with Doc Rock Founder Jacqi Prince

***Join me at the annual O’Connor Senior Center Pancake Breakfast on Friday, March 2nd at the center on Winona Avenue. I will be flipping some pancakes starting at 8:00am!

In Commission news…


January Commission Workshop was cancelled due to the snow.


On Monday, January 22nd 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 take place in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.


The Commission agenda has approximately 40 items. This month many of the items are from the School Board. There are 19 items from the School Board. School resolutions are merely a formality as they pass whether we vote for them or not. In zoning, there are 13 issues this month. Some resolutions that stand out are:


  1. Resolution approving a contract with Evans-Ailey Construction for $5,031,000 for renovations to Inskip Elementary.


  1. Resolution approving the acceptance of $110,000 for the KCSO Aviation Unite from the department of Defense.


  1. Resolution approving an agreement with TDOT for the traffic and safety improvements at West Emory Road and Clinton Highway.


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