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Citizen EngagementJanuary 2011
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In This Issue
-From the President
-Role of Beloved Women
-League to Partner in Earth Fest

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LWVKKC Board of Directors 

Jamey Dobbs

1st Vice-president:
Laura Cole

2nd Vice-president: Barabara Nicodemus

Mary Headrick


Robin Brown
Lisa Carroll
Rynn Dupes
Susanne Dupes
Parci Gibson
Alexandra Hruz
Kelly Pemberton
Lee Ann Rodgers

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JameyFrom the President

The League of Women Voters of Knoxville - Knox County put a rich, full year behind us in 2010.  Looking ahead to the next six months of 2011, you can count on the League to give you some great opportunities to impact local government and elections, and citizen education.


The League Observer Corps' latest success is promoting higher standards of civility and adherence to the law.  Just last week, we heard that the Observer Corps is helping to change land use decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Daniel Sanders, a Knox County attorney and new advisor to the BZA, has been guiding those members to follow the ordinance closely for this past year.  We know that in earlier decisions, the BZA has not always followed the ordinance so closely.  Sanders said the League's observation of BZA meetings gives him the leverage to keep the BZA members focused and following their well-defined responsibilities.  This was the highest form of compliment, because for League members, maintaining due process and good government is the pinnacle of success!  Aren't you proud to be a member?


I'm also proud to say we have made similar headway with others in local government.  Several highly ranked public officials have asked for the League's feedback recently on the conduct of public meetings and have welcomed our partnership.  I hope you all share the excitement I feel and my ambition to keep up the momentum.  It's happening because we show up, we observe and we care.


Observing is powerful! If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference this year, with just a few hours one evening a month you can join us in improving the quality of local government.  Or help us with the upcoming mayoral election season or voter registration.  Give me a call or email today and start something meaningful this year. 


-- Jamey Dobbs, President  548-0818


Help Add Names to the Role of Beloved Women

 By Susanne Dupes

Sometimes an idea comes up that has the potential to really take off.  The Roll of Beloved Women is one of those.  Now we need your help to bring it home. 

We are creating an opportunity to honor the special woman or women in your life as we kick off Women's History Month.  Through 14th, individuals can make a $50 donation to the League and have the name of a special woman added to the Roll of Beloved Women.   The Roll will be unveiled at the League's Petticoats in Politics event on Friday, March 4th at the Hilton Knoxville. It will also be published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on Sunday, March 6th.  

The monies raised through these donations will be used by the League of Women Voters to promote more women running for political office, in the League's work to increase civility in public discourse, and other activities.  Individuals will be able to make their donations through the League of Women Voters website.

  Help Us Welcome New Citizens!

 We need volunteers to help at our League table at the next Naturalization Ceremony on February 18th at the City County building. Volunteers will need to be available from 12:30 until about 2:00 p.m.   If you are interested and available, contact Lisa Mixon at 865-688-8234 or

  Buy Your Tickets Today for Petticoats in Politics!


Friday, March 4, 2011   Hilton Knoxville

Reception 7:15 p.m.

Performance 8:00 p..m.


Tickets $35 available at or

from League Board members.


Don't miss this amazing one-woman musical theater performance, including portrayals of Alice Paul, Abigail Adams, Rose Crabtree,  Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marian Anderson.


This Tribute to Women's History Month event will also include the unveiling of the Roll of Beloved Women and the presentation of the 2nd annual Making Democracy Work Award.  



 jamie Mark Your Calendars!stacey

Don't miss our Legislative Breakfast on Saturday, February 12. at Blount Mansion from 10-11 a.m.

The League is hosting breakfast with 

State Senators Jamie Woodson
and Stacey Campfield. 


Call for Nominations for 2nd Annual Making Democracy Work Award
 By Susanne Dupes 

Nominations are already coming in well in advance of the February 16th  for nominations for our 2nd annual Making Democracy Work Award.  This is our special League of Women Voters award to honor an individual for her/his community activism.  We will be presenting the award at our March 4th fundraising event at the Hilton Knoxville just prior to the performance of Petticoats in Politics.

Please reach out to groups and individual that you know and solicit nominations for the award.  Nominations are open to any adult who has contributed to our community in a meaningful way, who have envisioned a way to improve the community, and have mobilized others to work with them.  An excellent example of the type of individual we are seeking is our first awardee, retired Knoxville College professor Lois Russell. Ms. Russell received the award for her constant focus on race relations, her fight to provide health care for the working poor, and her ongoing assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Nominees can make application themselves or may be nominated by a friend or colleague.  An application form can be downloaded from the League's web site at www.lwvknoxville.orgAll applications must be received by February 16, 2011.

League to Partner in Earth Fest

Our League has decided to partner in the development of this coming year's Earth Fest. Are you interested in "green" issues? Would you like to be involved in planning the event? Let us know if we can count on your time and/or ideas.


Make Your Voice Heard  
By Mary Headrick



A public hearing about proposed revisions to Tennessee drilling and mining rules will occur at 6:00 PM at 3700 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville TN on Tuesday, Februray 22.  The proposed rules include:

  • Survey requirements  (must now include location nearby residences)  
  • Allowances to companies to temporarily abandon wells for 2-5 years without capping the well
  • Increased permits fees proportionate to vertical depth
  • Removal of the requirement for state inspection of the work for well plug & abandonment
  • Added language for erosion control in site development (including access roads)
  • Specifications for gathering lines crossing streams or drainways
  • Required, individual metering for wells (for production measurement, taxation, royalties)
  • Specifications for vacuum pump use

The proposal lacks any chemical disclosures for natural gas fracking, that process of high pressure fracturing the Chattanooga Shale layer through horizontal wells to release natural gas.


See for more information.

Join Us February 19th for Redistricting 101
By Rynn Dupes

Join us downtown at the City County Building on February 19th for our membership education workshop on upcoming redistricting. We will be meeting in the small assembly room to hear from Rick Emmett, Knoxville's Urban Growth Manager, and Tim Kuhn, Metropolitan Planning Commission GIS Manager.  More details coming soon.


CALENDAR of Meetings and Events



Jan. 25-March 4:  Tickets on sale for Petticoats in Politics

Jan. 25-February 14:  Donations accepted for Roll of Beloved Women

Feb. 14: League of Women Voters 91st anniversary

Feb. 16: Deadline for nominations for Making Democracy Work Award

Feb. 19:  Saturday Membership Education Workshop. Redistricting 101

Feb. 22:  Board Meeting

Mar. 4:  Women's History Month League Fundraiser.Petticoats and Politics


Mar. 15:  Membership Meeting. Open Discussion to Set League Priorities

Mar. 22:  Board Meeting

Apr. 19:  Membership Meeting. Hot Topic suggested by members

Apr. 26:  Board Meeting

May 17 or 19:  Annual Membership Meeting

May 24:  Board Meeting

Feb. 12: Breakfast With the League. Meet state Senators and hear status of legislation at state level.

June 18:  LWVUS Council. National Council - all members invited

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Contact Info
League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County
P.O. Box 31825
Knoxville, TN 37930-1825