Knox County Commission Work Session – observations

Odds and ends from Monday’s Knox County Commission work session:

Commission Chairman Brad Anders, funny man – When Commissioner Amy Broyles asked to defer an item on preparedness for family safety, he quipped, “what, are you not prepared?”

Wakka wakka.

Mike Brown and the beer board – There’s a thick agenda for the county beer board next week, which meets at 4 p.m., before the regular commission meeting at 5 p.m. Given the dense agenda, Brown asked how that might impact the start of the commission meeting.

It’s important to note here that Brown was perhaps the most outspoken critic of moving the work session and regular meeting times from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Are we going to run that right into the commission meeting?” he asked.

Anders was ready for that one.

“We’ll finish the beer board and then have the commission meeting,” he said.

So then, it looks like the meeting Brown opposed starting later will probably start even later next week.

That said, it’s worth noting that commission meeting have been much more swift since the evening meeting times began. Maybe folks want to get home for dinner. Maybe politicians are more chatty after lunch. Might there need to be a commission nap time before meetings? They already get snacks delivered to each meeting from Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones.

Three commissioners missed the work session Monday: Sam McKenzie, Bob Thomas and Jeff Ownby. All are in California for a pension workshop. It sounds like a junket, but it’s a couple days of pretty intense figures and training on the intricacies of the pension markets. Thomas said he planned to take a little personal time while there to visit his son, who lives in L.A. and is an actor.

You know those coupon books that Knox County Schools students sell? They’re the thick books with the Chick-fil-a coupon you rip out for the free sandwich, go use, and promptly forget under the detritus of your junk drawer. Those bring in a nice hunk o’ change – up to $1.7 million annually – for Knox County Schools. The contract needed Commission approval, so a Missouri-based company can print about 160,000 coupon books per year at a cost of almost $86,000.

An amendment to the peddlers license in Knox County looks like it’ll get Commission support next week. May as well print the language verbatim: “to give the County Clerk the authority to not issue a license to an applicant if there are any outstanding warrants against the applicant or if the applicant has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude within the past ten (10) years; to revise portions of the procedure for obtaining a license in Section 12-29; and to amend Section 12-33 to authorize the County Clerk to suspend or revoke a license if it is discovered that there is an outstanding warrant against a license holder or a license holder has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude within the past ten (10) years.”


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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