Who voted for/against?

The ordinance would remove the board's ability to create policies and make it an advisory board.

Knox Co. Commission votes to limit Board of Health's power

bizgrrl's picture

Does this path leave all the

Does this path leave all the power with Dr. Buchanan?

jbr's picture

This shifts the policy making

Some extra stress for Dr Buchanan...

This shifts the policy making power to the Department of Health, specifically to Health Director Dr. Martha Buchanan.

fischbobber's picture


She is an at will employee who can be fired without cause by Mayor Jacobs, according to her predecessor.

This is about Mayor Jacobs seizing power at the expense of Knox County citizens. He has a pattern of this sort of behavior. There is a reason Knoxville has the worst Covid response in the world and that reason’s name is Glenn Jacobs.

Rachel's picture

Nope. She has to be fired

Nope. She has to be fired jointly by Jacobs and the State Board of Health and it's not easy.

fischbobber's picture

Good to know

Earlier today I had read her predecessor claimed she could be dismissed at the will of the mayor.

You don’t know where the statute is defining the terms under which she can be dismissed, do you? I’d like to familiarize myself with it.


fischbobber's picture

Eliminating the position

The Board of Health members are only allowed to be removed for cause and they are just disbanding the board to get around that. Is there anything to prevent the elimination of the position of Health Director? It is an optional position as I understand. And this County administration doesn’t seem to be bothered by making up stuff as they go along.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Elimination of County Health Director

The establishment of a County Health Director is *not* optional. Appointment of the position is by the (state) Commissioner of Health "in concurrence with the county mayor."

I do not see that process for removal of the County Health Director is explicitly addressed in statute, although I suppose, given that the (state) Commissioner of Health appoints the position, the Commissioner's approval to remove is implicit.

See TCA 68-2-603 Establishment of County Health Department-County Health Director.

fischbobber's picture

Our Commissioner of Health


At issue will be whether she accepts Jacobs arguments on ancillary issues and economic impact on Knox County over public health. This wouldn't be the first redefinition of terms during this crisis.

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That definition from wikipedia has been redefined as appropriate government response to a pandemic in Knox County. Just saying.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


No, Biz. Commissioners are working in tandem with Rep. Jason Zachary, whose intention is to leave local Health Department directors with *no* power. He wants their positions to be strictly advisory to each municipality's County Mayor, in whom he would place *all* power.

See Zachary's HB 0007 (and companion bill SB0015, introduced by Sen. Mike Bell), applicable to Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Madison, and Sullivan counties only.

jbr's picture

TN HB0007

jbr's picture

Individually, what are the

Individually, what are the backgrounds of each of commissioners?

What is each ones area of knowledge?

fischbobber's picture


Kyle Ward is a garbage man.

jbr's picture

For and Against

From KnoxTnToday ...

Yes votes: Beeler, Biggs, Busler, Dailey, Schoonmaker, Ward
No votes: Durrett, Hill, Jay, Lundy
Pass: Randy Smith

Commissioners debate role of health board

wisdom4all's picture

stimulus checks

last night trump said that the proposed stimulus checks should be $2000 instead of $600 (which was a compromise). Democrats called for $1,200 checks. Most Republicans didn't even want to include direct checks to working class americans because they felt they had given enough aide already, through other programs and in previous bills. I tried calling Alexander's office and they've all closed for the holiday.

bizgrrl's picture

It's about time. Otherwise,

It's about time. Otherwise, what's the point?

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