County Commission at Work

If you attended last month's regular meeting of Knox County Commission, you may have been surprised by how quickly the streamlined, 11-member body moved through its typically crowded agenda. In the not-too-distant past, you could often show up two or three hours in and find the endlessly recessing and jawboning body just getting to the good stuff. Not anymore. That's partly because there are fewer commissioners to pontificate, of course, but it's largely due to a restructured meeting schedule. Under the brisk direction of Chairman Mike Hammond, Commission has combined its various committee hearings into a single work session one week before the official monthly confab. And if September is anything to go by, that's where a lot of the actual discussion will take place.

So if there are any items of interest to you on the tentative October agenda—which you can review online at—or if you just want to watch your county legislature in action, you would do well to turn up to this month's work session. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.