Well, they say a picture says a thousand words, but a sign says it all as well. On Saturday our very own Mayor Burchett announced he will be running for Congressman Duncan’s Congressional seat.
The announcement had around 250 to 300 normal people there. I’m not counting the typical politicians I’m talking about the normal average joe’s like you and I that came out to Vol Market to support our county mayor.
His pastor introduced him, talked about how it’s a great day to show your support and how he crossed party lines for his friend and someone he believed in and said a prayer, then the limelight was on Burtchett.
He opened up and recognized Lieutenant Governor Randy Mcnally as one of his dearest friends. Thanked everyone for coming and then it was time to talk about what he was going to do. He portrayed East Tennessee not as red and blue but as a group of people who want as little of government in our lives as possible. He spoke on how he has paid down over 50 million of our debt in Knox County.
A focus he had was on our country’s heroes, not the singers or the football players that we idolize so much but the men and women that laid down their lives for us or get hurt and come back home and can’t even get a job or health insurance. A major point of his speech was that veterans have to drive hundreds of miles to get what they need. A tear was saw on his amazing wife’s eyes that was heartfelt as the words that he said.
He ended with, Washington is to gutless to do anything and how he isn’t that gutless and it was time for someone to stand up and do what’s right, not what’s popular. The main points for his speech is veterans need help, to much government, how Washington should listen to us here in East Tennessee instead of the “Fat Cats” in Washington. His facebook and twitter is now up and running for you to add and follow.
The race is up and running as Jimmy Matlock also sent a special welcome to the race to Burtchett and that he will be praying for him and his family.
Well Well Well, It looks like someone is polling about who you would vote for for Mayor…….. A phone call was received asking who would you vote for as Knox County’s next mayor…. Bob Thomas, Glen Jacobs, Buddy Burkhardt or Brad Anders. I wonder who is behind this and is this once again a little hint that two more are getting in the race or is this just another prank call? We will see….
The city of Knoxville elections are in full bloom with some candidates already knocking on doors such as Lauren Rider a candidate for District 4. Eastminster Presbyterian Church hosted a 19 candidate meet n greet style forum and it was packed full of concerned voters and people who wanted to hear from each and every candidate and boy did they get an earful.
Every candidate that was running was asked to come and get their name out, I don’t think they excepted for 19 of them to come out, but it was nice to hear three minutes from every candidate.
I’m going to go through and list everyone who ATTENDED and what seat they’re running for and link all of their Facebook accounts or websites for you where you can check them out. I’m also listing who currently holds that seat. Since this current city council has been together for many many years this breakdown of term limits could completely change how Knoxville is ran.
With all that said the ball is in your court to go look them up and get out and vote!!!
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Word in Rocky Top is that there are many people pushing our wonderful mayor to run for governor of our great state. So, why has he not announced he’s running yet? With numerous articles that have been written about him, many tweets with the hashtag draft Burchett and even a tweet from Susan E. Gingrich, the sister of Speaker Newt Gingrich. It seems to this blogger that he needs to announce and start running for more than the next Krystal line. Plus Kelly Burchett as the next Tennessee First Lady how could he lose? So, why hasn’t he??
Burchett is term limited for mayor after 2018, but he has many jobs to pick from. He could become a horse farmer, walk away from politics, and stay at home and just be a daddy and a husband. He could follow his passion of metal detecting and spend his days hand in hand with his wife and daughter finding life’s little treasures, or he has two huge political moves he could make.
Mayor Burchett could run for daddy Duncan’s seat in congress, with a fiscally conservative thought process and proven dedication it could definitely squash any chance State Representative Jason Zachary has at going to Congress, or he could jump into the governor’s race.
What stands in his way from going to Nashville? Well let’s think about Governor Haslam and Governor Bredesen. They both are multi millionaires,not home grown men who have had to fight for every dollar they have made. Could he beat a millionaire that is beginning to become a household name like Randy Byod, and what about the other 5 people who want to run? Would he just be another name in the game like the Republican Presidential Primary was in 2016? And what about his family? He would have to uproot them from their home and school to run our great state? It’s his calling is it there’s? We have seen First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump stay at Trump Tower instead of moving into the WhiteHouse. The times are a changin?
It’s a lot to think about, in this bloggers opinion I’m on the governor bandwagon for our great mayor and it’s time for a change on the hill. We need a blue collared governors who truly cares for this state and its great citizens. I mean who could be better for the job than him? Come on Mayor Burchett let’s do this!! I mean hurry before Rogero throws her name in the race!
Where were you when the World’s Fair was here in Knoxville? Were you born yet? Well I wasn’t born yet, but I do know that I’ve always heard about how amazing it was and how it truly put Knoxville, Tennessee on the map. Well a little bit for our history is coming back. World’s Fair Beer is back in cans and on tap for a short amount of time so you can enjoy a little taste of history.
World’s Fair Beer’s 35 Anniversary is this year and Rick Kuhlman has made it one of his projects to bring it back. Now it’s a Hoppy Pale Ale that is smooth and an easy summer drinkable beer, the brewing company that was chosen to make this hoppy goodness is Fanatic Brewing Company.
The Launch was held at the Sunsphere where it was first brought to life with around 200 of its biggest fans, with a promise that it will be in stores as soon as they share it with the rest of us craft beer lovers at the Brewhibition event this Saturday at the Southern Railway, lower level.
So swing on Downtown this Saturday like they did 35 years ago and grab yourself a gulp from heaven, you might even find a petro on your way there.
Join me in welcoming another great advertiser that’s bringing people into Knoxville and helping it grow, Chelsea’s Food Truck, is a sassy mood crafty food gourmet that you will all love
Chelsea’s prices range from $5 to $10, for her grilled cheeses and homemade soup. Do not let the word grilled cheeses fool you, she also has a delicious bacon, lettuce, pimento cheese and tomato sandwich also known as a BLT that makes me want to follow her everywhere she goes.
Here is a list of places and times where she will be this weekend:
Friday- Honeybee South Knox from 6-9pm
Saturday- Backroads Market and Designs, Swing into Spring from 11:-3pm
Sunday- Bearden Beer Market, Marathon Day, starting at Noon.
So, go see her this weekend and enjoy her food, for with every bite, she is spreading her passion for cooking with our great city of Knoxville. It’s a pink truck that you can’t miss!
Over the weekend Knoxville had their Democratic Convention.
Local Democrats elected a new Chairperson: Emily Gregg.
Gregg made a pretty good speech to begin her time as Chair of the Knox County Democratic Party. She thanked everyone who wanted to be apart of leadership, and thanked Rep. Rick Staples, for nominating her, which was not a surprise, as she had been a volunteer in one of Staples’ many campaigns.
Gregg spoke about how every voice should be heard for a democracy to be truly representative. I’ll give her credit, Gregg really seemed to light a fire under the seats of every Democrat in the room, even if they felt like they’re where fighting impossible odds. Those were her words, not mine.
Gregg claimed compassion filled the hearts of every Democrat in Knox County; evidently that is an emotion foreign to Republicans.
The Democrat party is fired up to engage new voters and elect more Democrats in Knoxville. That will be an uphill battle in this red county, especially outside the city limits.
Besides a new Chair Woman, Democrats elected Linda Haney Vice Chair, Shannon Webb Treasurer and Alli Cohn as Secretary.
A list of meetings and more info can be found https://www.facebook.com/knox.dems/