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City Council

City Council also acts as Knoxville's Beer Board which regulates beer permits in the City of Knoxville.  

The Beer Board establishes policy and procedure for the issuance of permits to sell beer, and to compel enforcement of the City Code by means of inspectors. Beer permit applicants must appear before the Beer Board for consideration of their request for a beer permit.

The Finance Department is responsible for the beer permit application process for the City Beer Board and liquor-by-the ounce licensing.

Each board meeting meets at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, prior to the second City Council Meeting of each month. View the Beer Board Monthly Meetings Schedule below.

Beer applications may be reviewed at the City Business Tax Office, Room 445-450, City County Building, 400 Main Street from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To sign up to offer germane public comments on any item on a Beer Board meeting agenda, you may contact the Business Tax Office by emailing Mark Byrd at [email protected] or by calling the office at 865-215-2687 between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Signups open after the agenda is released. Persons wishing to speak at the meeting may also signup in person with the City Recorder before the meeting is called to order.


City Council serves as the Beer Board. A Chairperson is elected from among the members. Councilwoman Lauren Rider is the current Beer Board Chairperson.

View the full City Council Schedule


Composed of nine members, City Council has six members elected from districts and three elected 'at-large' representing the entire city. 

Each Council member is elected to serve a four year term.

Will Johnson and the staff of the City Recorder's Office supply assistance to City Council. Council members can be reached by phone through the City Recorder's Office at 865-215-2075 or fax at 865-215-4269 or by mail at City of Knoxville, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901.


Beer Board Chairperson
Lauren Rider - 4th District
229 E. Scott Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917 
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025

Vice Mayor
Tommy Smith - 1st District
2240 Hillsboro Heights
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-567-6211
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025 

Andrew Roberto - 2nd District
1005 Hayslope Dr.
Knoxville, TN  37919 
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025

Seema Singh - 3rd District
1012 West Park Drive
Knoxville, TN  37909 
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025

Charles Thomas - 5th District 
386 Hiawassee Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2027

Gwen McKenzie - 6th District

3513 Riverview Dr
Knoxville, TN  37914
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025

Lynne Fugate - At Large Seat A
PO Box 11245
Knoxville, TN  37939
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2027

KTA Representative
Debbie Helsley - At Large Seat B
210 Ailsie Dr
Knoxville, TN 37920
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2027

Amelia Parker - At Large Seat C
P.O. Box 6132
Knoxville, TN 37914
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2027