Elections matter. And I’m not talking about the one that (hopefully) ended yesterday.
The Knox County Board of Education was fundamentally altered by the results of the last two election cycles, starting when Amber Rountree beat Pam Trainor in South Knoxville, Terry Hill survived a 4-way race in Hardin Valley and Patti Bounds won unopposed in North Knox County.
Commissioners Bob Thomas and Ed Brantley came to Hardin Valley to talk about roads. Instead, they got an earful about a “back-door deal” to swap a portion of the Nicholas Ball Park on Middlebrook Pike for 100 acres of mountain land off Hardin Valley Road.
Ball Camp would lose one of two soccer fields and a portion of a ½-mile walking trail. The county’s land would be consolidated with adjacent property so a Walmart grocery store could be built, residents said.
News gets hard to come by during the holidays, which made this announcement from Knox County Schools’ prolific public information office enticing:
“PUBLIC NOTICE: (14-173) Please note that two or more Board of Education members may meet on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 2000 Cumberland Avenue. Education issues will be discussed and minutes will be taken. All board members are welcome to attend and will pay for their own meals.”