Meet Tommy Smith
Meet Tommy Smith, current 1st District City Council Member
Tommy is a lifelong community servant of Knoxville, mentor to entrepreneurs, mediocre mountain biker, basketball league coach, husband, dad, and champion for improving South Knoxville and Fort Sanders. For the past year, Tommy has been serving as your 1st District City Council Member.
Born in South Knoxville, and a former student at Giffin Elementary School, Tommy, and his wife Jamie, raise their kids, Carter, Caroline, and Avery, and work daily to improve the South Knoxville community. Jamie leads the South Knox Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Carter builds things, Caroline sings everywhere she goes, and Avery will jump off anything.
Tommy has lived in five neighborhood areas in the 1st District throughout his life, including Lindbergh Forest, Southside Waterfront, South Haven, Fort Sanders, and Island Home Park.
Tommy’s day job at Ackermann Marketing & PR involves helping local businesses and nonprofits grow. His business and economic experience includes marketing roles at ORNL Federal Credit Union and Dell Inc. Tommy holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Tennessee, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va.
Most importantly, Tommy understands what drives the quality of life for everyday people in Knoxville.
Mentorship, housing for the houseless, and lifting the voice of the most marginalized is not advocacy, it is action. Tommy’s experience with helping people find jobs, raise their voice, and comeback from trauma is based on a lifetime of leading, mentoring, volunteering, and caring for Knoxville.
- Keep Knoxville Beautiful
- Girls Inc.
- Pedal Jam
- South Knox Neighborhood and Business Coalition
- Knoxville Entrepreuer Center
- Knoxville Business Advisor Council
- Knoxville Mercury
- Dogwood Arts
- TN Achieves
- The Change Center
- Knoxville Chamber Endeavor
- Emerald Youth Foundation
- South Knox Elementary PTO
- Salvation Army
- Knox Chamber Economic Dev Committee
- Ijams Nature Center
- Transit Alliance of East Tennessee
- Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
- Alliance for Better Nonprofits
- Leadership Knoxville
- Knox.biz 40 under 40
- Outstanding Young Professional of Knoxville
City Council Results
Tommy puts people first. That means being responsive, transparent, caring, and effective. Consensus-building and effective progress means results for everyday people.
- New trail connector from Mary Vestal to Fort Dickerson
- COVID-19 $5.7M funding for economic and social services
- More than 1,000 new units of affordable housing
- Funding for Urban Wilderness Gateway Park
- Traffic study for James White Parkway area
- South Waterfront Code review
- Housing Navigator HouseKnox program
- $100,000 for Knoxville Area Urban League Workforce pilot
- 100Knoxville to help Black-owned businesses grow
- Urban Tree Canopy assessment
- Funding for Sam Duff Park dog park
- COVID-19 ordinance for restaurant beer delivery
- Knoxville added to Tennessee RiverTown program
- 100 neighborhood and business meetings in the 1st District
- KPD Co-Response pilot with Helen Ross McNabb
- More than 350 constituent requests
- KUB transparency and engagement reforms
- COVID-19 ordinance for outdoor patio-alcohol sales
- COVID-19 emerging funding for Zoo Knoxville
- Funding for HVAC for Morningside Park Community Center
- Lakeshore Park Master Plan
- Maintained the City’s AA+ and AAA credit ratings
- Residential parking pilot in Old Sevier Neighborhood
- Commercial sign ordinance reforms
- Funding for W. Moody Avenue sidewalk
- Emergency food for residents at Montgomery Village
- Knoxville’s first Tree Mitigation Bank
- Contributed Community Fund monies to, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Chilhowee Intermediate School, UUNIK Academy, Next Step Initiative, and SEEED Knox
- Supporting small businesses in South Knoxville and on Cumberland Ave.
- Connecting youth to apprenticeships & adults to local jobs
- Recruiting small businesses to Chapman Highway
- Bringing community investments to Vestal
- Preserving the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood
- Funding for substance abuse and mental health programs
- Creating new litter reduction programs
- Transportation improvements for Chapman Highway
- Protecting our Urban Wilderness, waterways, & neighborhoods
- Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- Municipal Broadband
There is more work to be done. Homeless transformation, high school apprenticeships, parks and green spaces, Chapman Highway revitalization, small business support for Cumberland Ave., and historic design standards to preserve Fort Sanders. Effective progress means all of us…in this together. We can disagree well and still create solutions that help people. Here’s what that looks like: