TOP PHOTO: Glenn Jacobs, seven-feet tall, towers over Shirley Fox Rogers as the two visit at Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.

By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Knox County mayor and former professional wrestler, Glenn Jacobs was the featured speaker at Tuesday’s Campbell County Rotary Club meeting at the La Follette Methodist Church. Jacobs, who is in his second term as the mayor of Knox County, spoke about economic development, housing, tourism and other issues and projects happening in Knox County.

Jacobs took office in September 2018.

This is the second time he has spoken at Rotary. 

Some of his key projects Jacobs has worked on while Knox County Mayor include Read City USA, The Knox County Career Training Academy, launching the Knox County Coordinated cleanup of the Beaver Creek Water Trail, among others.

According to Jacobs, Knox County “has a lot going on” including the recent ground breaking on its new stadium. 

“The stadium is a win-win for Knox County. Mr. Randy Boyd will cover about 50 percent of the cost. We are not spending any money on the stadium, it will pay for itself,” Jacobs said.

Knox County Mayor and former professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs guest spoke at the South Campbell County Rotary Luncheon on Tuesday.

He also said the addition of the stadium would create a positive economic impact for the area. “That’s going to help our area in Knox County,” Jacobs said.

He spoke on the need for more affordable housing, especially for younger people who were not as established in credit.

He said Knox County would also soon be building a new forensic center and morgue due to the need for more space. 

“We’re also looking at how to improve our competitiveness in the area of technology development and the technological industry, ” Jacobs said.

State Representative Dennis Powers (left) and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.

According to Jacobs, his goal as Knox County Mayor is to “ensure Knox County remains a community for everyone to thrive.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/21/2023-6AM)