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Knox County commission votes on public health committee

The Knox County Commission met Monday night to consider forming a public health advisory committee that is separate from the Knox County Board of Health.
The Knox County Commission voted on a resolution to form a public health committee.
The Knox County Commission voted on a resolution to form a public health committee.(WVLT)
Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 5:33 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 11:13 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Commission passed a resolution Monday night that looks to form a public health advisory committee separate from the Knox County Board of Health.

The committee would serve in an advisory capacity to Knox County officials on “Health and Economic Well-Being,” according to the commission’s agenda. The committee of 11 members will be appointed by the mayor, with approval from the commission.

The proposal for a new committee follows the county commission’s resolution to limit the health board’s power.

Public forum began just before 6 p.m. with some members of the public speaking out against the board of health.

There were some, however, who spoke up in support of the board of health.

The roll call vote passed with eight votes.

The commission also discussed and passed an ordinance that would have the board of health hold a public forum during every meeting. The ordinance is on its first reading and will go to a second reading.

Public forum continued following the voting.

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