It was announced this evening that Superintendent Bob Thomas now supports moving the Knox Schools Central Office to the East TVA Tower because Knox County Government has bought the schools support by absorbing the $15.8 million annual operation cost for the Central Office.
Let’s go back to this 2016 WBIR story when TVA was ready to sell both towers and the Summer Place building/garage. Everyone quoted in the story said it would sell for a company headquarters and was such a great deal. Even Buzz Goss who appeared before Commission tonight begging for a extension on some knox county property that he has had tied up for 10 years was quoted in the story about the prospect of the towers for sale in April 2016, “I think a lot of businesses would like the location and like the building, however there are not a lot of large businesses that could take the entire building,” said Goss.
It should be noted from here that one of Goss partners is former PBA (Public Building Authority of Knoxville/Knox County) Chief Dale Smith.
City of Knoxville employees Rick Emmett, Bill Lyons and Jesse Mayshark (now of CompassKnox) bragging about the lucrative property deal in the WBIR story.