Commissioner R. Larry Smith was first elected to County Commission in 2006. Prior to that he was a Metropolitan Planning Commissioner for two 4 year terms. R. Larry Smith formed his insurance agency, R. Larry Smith and Associates, in 1980 after working four years with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He has served in various offices with the Knoxville Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, formerly the Knoxville Association of Life Underwriters. In addition to being active in the professional organization, Commissioner Smith previously served as Chairman of the Knox County Republican Party. He has held various offices of the Halls Republican Club, including having served as past President.
Commissioner Smith’s involvement in his community are too numerous to list, but some of the more notable voluntary services include the following: Dogwood Arts Festival Past President and Chairman of the Board and Dogwood Arts Festival Co-Chair; American Cancer Society Past President; Boy Scouts of America Board Member; Boys and Girls Club of Knoxville Past President; YMCA Board Member and Past President; Keep Knoxville Beautiful Board Member; Fountain City Business and Professional Association Board Member and Past President; Halls Business and Professional Association Past President and Halls Man of the Year; Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership Membership Committee. Mr. Smith has also been active with the University of Tennessee Knox County Alumni Association having served as Past President, and served on the UT Board of Governors. Commissioner Smith has served on over thirty non-profit boards, and was President of some twenty of them.
Larry and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Tyler and Mallory. They reside in the Halls community. He has a daughter, Laura, from a previous marriage. Larry and Sharon have been members of Fountain City United Methodist Church for twenty years where he has served as Treasurer and a youth Sunday school teacher.
Larry grew up in Fountain City with his parents, a sister and a brother. He graduated from Central High School in 1972 and from the University of Tennessee in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He collects University of Tennessee basketball memorabilia and shares his collection with various civic and athletic organizations. He is the current Central High School Alumni and Foundation President.
Commissioner Smith currently serves on Knox County’s Parks and Recreation Board, the Knox County Commission’s Rules Committee, the Cable TV Committee, Insolvency Board, Court Subcommittee, Arena Use Committee, and the Knox County Employee Insurance Benefits Committee.