Welcome New Advertiser James Corcoran

Hello Loves,

Let’s all welcome a new advertiser with McCalla Around Knoxville. James Corcoran for Knoxville City Council District 3.

Early Voting is NOW taking place for City Council races.  If you are looking for a republican that is going to stick to his guns and be the voice for you by keeping your then James is the man you want to vote for.

James was recently endorsed by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Here is part of their endorsement, “We believe Corcoran understands the needs of his district, offers suggestions to meet those, is willing to work with other council members to help the city move forward and is the best candidate for District Three to replace term-limited Brenda Palmer.”


Check out his Facebook, Twitter, and Website for more info!


And welcome to our McCalla Around Knoxville Blog team James! Thanks for Bringing up Knoxville and not tearing it down.

No Attack Ads!

Hello Loves,


Our Mayor is taking a stand read his media release for today!


Media Contact: Andrew Davis – 865-202-5435


Voicemail: 865-315-8270

Burchett commits to no attack ads, asks Knox Co. employees not to donate


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2017) — Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will not run attack ads as part of his campaign for the United States Congress.

“This campaign is about the people of East Tennessee and their principles and values,” Mayor Burchett said. “Mean-spirited attacks are a big part of what is wrong with politics in our country, and I will not use those tactics to get elected to Tennessee’s Second Congressional District. I will stand on my track record of fiscally conservative, responsible leadership, as well as my history of helping people who need it.”

Mayor Burchett is also publicly asking that all Knox County government employees refrain from donating to his political campaign.

“I don’t want our employees feeling like they have to give to my campaign or worrying about whether it’s the right thing to do,” said Mayor Burchett. “I’ll make it simple: If you work for Knox County Government, please don’t donate to my campaign. I want our employees focused on coming to work everyday and on serving Knox County taxpayers.”

Burchett for Congress campaign updates can be found online at BurchettForCongress.com , on Facebook at @BurchettForCongress and on Twitter at @VoteBurchett .


Big Ideas for Knoxville

Hello Loves,

Lord have mercy. I’ve been trying to hit all these city council candidate events and it’s  wearing me out. First we had the Sixth District get out the vote. Also Brandon Bruce who is running for the Second District. Bruce had a meet n greet at the Plaid Apron in Sequoyah Hills. There was some great food and you also got to hear his campaign platform.  Bruce has had many events in the past and donated all of the money to benefit the area that he is running for instead of keeping it for himself, in my humble thoughts it seems he is already pouring into Knoxville all that he can.  Bruce just like his height has BIG IDEAS for Knoxville.  I compare the two because this man is taller than anyone I’ve  ever met but is like a gentle giant that will work hard to make Knoxville even better that it already is. Bruce states he wants Knoxville to be the number one place to Live,Work and Play.

He has a website that you can go to get more information about, but if you’re an avid McCalla Around Knoxville reader, you will remember I wrote a blog about Mayor Rogero and the Young Democrats meeting, she stated at that meeting that one of the biggest issues the new City Council members will face when they are elected will be the re-zoning that is is going on now.

Bruce, mentions this on his web page as one of his issues stating,


“I support the ongoing work of our City Administration and City Council to modernize our zoning ordinances. The last major update was in the 1960s. We need to provide for mixed use developments and other zoning updates to keep Knoxville moving forward.”


The three goals are to:

  1. Invest in aging industrial sites and commercial areas.
  2. Protect neighborhoods and preserve our history.
  3. Connect our corridors, neighborhoods, and natural amenities.

The process of rewriting our zoning ordinances is happening now and I look forward to actively contributing. To learn more, visit http://recodeknoxville.com


Thats straight from his web site folks if you want to know more about Bandon Bruce you can go to his web site  or see him at next Get The Vote Event .

Young Democrats Thirsty For Info….

Hello Loves,


Over forty five young Democrats met at Shulz Brewery on Tuesday night to have a meet n greet with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. The forty five young Democrats doesn’t include all the candidates and “older Democrats” that also attended. The group itself topped out around 60ish!

Mayor Rogero opened the meeting with excitement of her many years and accomplishments for Knoxville. With sticking to what she has said she would do on the campaign trail she spoke about a strong economy, private sector investing, focusing on the neighborhoods, building up Downtown, and connecting all of our green ways.

But this meeting wasn’t about what she has done, this meeting was about how to get everyone involved in the Democratic Party, and let me tell you everyone there was hungry for knowledge and ready to be placed to make a difference in Knoxville.


The main focus was the get out the vote events that are going on from now until election day for everyone to meet and greet all the 30 so candidates running for City Council. You can go to govoteknoxville.com and find the information, but hurry up because early voting starts August 9th.


The Democratic Party has a fire under there a….I mean butt’s and they are trying to take over. The thing I noticed was how many YOUNG adults that were there and how eager they are to learn and become the change they want. The Knox County Democratic Party is even ran by a “Younger” woman who is fighting and working hard to get everyone involved.


I’ll end with this, Mayor Rogero has two more years and even with City Council having to replace five of the nine seats this year she is not slowing down and the party is moving with her.

A Horse Named Whisky and Don Ridings

Hello Loves,


Shrimp, cupcakes, beer, wine, a horse named Whisky and more was the sight of Don Ridings event, the Great American Shrimp Kickoff, last Saturday. With around 150 guests and around 60 people who bought tickets, but didn’t show up it was a grand first fundraiser of the year for Ridings.


The event was held at Sun Dance Farm and Event Center, in deep Farragut.  But with Pridefest, Brewfest, Dragon Boat Festival, and the Wing Festival he still had a good number of people there to show support.


The Boy Scouts kicked off the event, than a passionate prayer from Don’s pastor, then the big moment for Don as he gave his first campaign speech. He stated HE WIll be your next Knox County Circuit Court Clerk. In his words he wants to provide the service that Knox County needs but has not been getting in the past 20 years with the clerk’s office. He wants changes and higher level of services with online filing, and all employees completely trained to better help you.  The speech was quick and to the point.


There were a variety of attendees from:supporters, friends, family, City Council candidates James Corcoran and Andrew Wilson, members of the East Tennessee Libertarian Party, and elected officials such as State Representative Roger Kane. However, there were no officials from the Knox County Republican Party present but voters sure were. One thing is for sure, Don is ready to swim faster than all the other shrimp to get this job.