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Ragsdale hosts FWK Chamber breakfast

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale hosted an installment of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Break-fasts Tuesday morning, July 15, at Fox Den Country Club.

The event, which was sponsored by Rural/-Metro Fire Department, drew about 75 chamber members.

The speaking was opened by Knox County Commissioner Mike Hammond, District 5A, who shared his disappointment after hearing he and Commissioner Richard Briggs, District 5C, weren’t chosen by MetroPulse as the “hunks” on Commission.

Hammond added that the troubles Knox County government has experienced in the last few years, it has become the “most transparent” government in the state.

“Anyone can go to and now see to whom County cars have been assigned,” he said.

Using a sports analogy, Ragsdale, pictured above, said he was in the “fourth quarter” of his tenure as County mayor.

He touted the successes Knox County has had during his tenure as mayor saying, “We came in to office to move Knox County forward, to be an active government, not passive.”

The mayor highlighted achievements such as the City of Knoxville and Knox County have a dialogue that hasn’t existed in years, new schools, libraries and senior centers and the passage of the $641 million County budget.

Ragsdale added that being an “active” government came with mistakes, which he admitted some had been made.

“You would have to be a hermit or living in a shell not to have heard about our mistakes,” he said.

Ragsdale closed by saying the state of Knox County is “very, very good.”


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