Bill Knowles Should Be In The Elected Officials Hall Of Fame - And Response (3)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

After reading the article on Bill Knowles and the results of his office in returning a record amount of excess fees to the county I would think that if there is a Hall of Fame for elected officials he would head the list. 

The Knowles family has been involved over the years in making Hamilton County a great place to live. Bill has given his talents, time and heart to being one of the finest public officials that has ever been elected. Very, very seldom do we read about him or see his picture in the media. 

God has certainly blessed our county with an elected official like Bill. For me it certainly has been great to have known this family since 1960. A man I thought a great deal of said a number of years ago that we should give flowers while they could smell them. This is my flowers for Bill and his staff.

N.D. Kennedy Sr.

Ooltewah 

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Mr. Kennedy, you have hit the nail on the head.  Mr. Knowles is one of the very best elected officials that I have had the privilege to work around.  

He always has the public interest in mind and looks for ways to make his office as efficient as possible and user friendly.  

I truly have been blessed by knowing him and his lovely wife.  God bless you, Mr. Knowles and your family. 

Glen Pope
East Ridge 

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After reading the opinion piece praising Bill Knowles, I felt an urgency to join in the chorus.  Something that many folks in Hamilton County may one realize about our county clerk is his diligence in keeping up with proposed legislation.  During my eight years in the Legislature, I can honestly say that no other local elected official has been more informed about proposed legislation than Bill Knowles.  He is consistently on top of his game and generally offers clear and convincing arguments to use for or against proposed legislation that has an impact on his office. 

One particular incident stands out in my mind, when a bill had been presented on the house floor, with fairly certain prospects of passing overwhelmingly.  My cell phone rang and Bill began to explain that an amendment was about to be offered, by one of my fellow representatives.  Bill quickly explained how the amendment would be extremely harmful to the current system and ultimately cause headaches, not to his office, but the citizens of Hamilton County.  Even though I was not a seasoned Legislator, I was able to kill the amendment. 

Had Bill not been paying attention to detail, during this evening session of the Legislature, the amendment would have probably gone on to the bill and became law.  The results would have been felt mostly by the citizens of Hamilton County.  Bill certainly has a servant's heart and proves it in so many ways. 

I am also not surprised that Bill has shown his conservative style of management by returning excess collected fees to the general fund.  This is a shining example of how it matters who governs.  I thank Mr. Kennedy for pointing this out and I proudly second the nomination for Bill Knowles in the Elected Officials Hall of Fame. His family has served Hamilton County beyond what is realized. 

Vince Dean
Tn House District 30 

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William Finley Knowles has already walked those honored halls of fame, all three squeaky floors, at Central High School on Dodds Avenue.  I won't say when, but I was a witness.  He was the dependable, dedicated, quietly efficient one who was always called upon by the faculty to look after the important assets and business of the day in the office when he did not have a class.  I suppose his orderliness and ability to access, obtain and account for supplies, parts, and other assets for the county is a product of his S4 supply officer position in the ROTC as well as every other position of honor offered by the school. 

So, yes, put him in your proposed Hall of Fame.  He certainly deserves it.  Purple and Gold, Bill. Never forget it. 

Charlotte (Stailey) Parton
Chattanooga


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