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  TEXT TO 911
  “Text to 911” – a texting option for those who need it in case of an emergency – is now available in our community. Texting 911 should only be used in emergency situations when placing a call is not possible. For example, when a caller is deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.
Brad Anders, Executive Director
605 Bernard Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37921
Fax: 865-215-1134

The Knox County Emergency Communications District is an independent political body created under Tennessee State Law and as authorized by referendum by the voters of Knox County, Tennessee. The district is charged with providing emergency 9-1-1 telephone access and emergency dispatching service. 

To this end, the district employs 78 persons who are trained in this discipline, and in the necessary managerial and technical support services.

The district operates state of the art communication systems including a modern 9-1-1 center, computer aided dispatch system, and a county-wide radio network serving more than 2000 users.


The district is managed by a full time executive director and staff. Oversight is provided by an eleven member board of Directors, the makeup of which is dictated by state law. The 11-member Board includes the Knoxville Mayor, Knox County Mayor, Knoxville Police Chief, Knoxville Fire Chief, Knox County Sheriff and up to 6 citizens appointed by the Knox County Commission. Each member serves a 4 year term with a possible unlimited number of terms.


The board meets quarterly at the Knox County 911 Office located at 605 Bernard Avenue.

Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.