Don Mull  
Board of Commissioners
Title: Mayor
Phone: 865-380-4795
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Elected Positions
  • Commissioner, City of Alcoa (Elected 1971)
  • Mayor, City of Alcoa (Elected 1983)
  • Term expires November 2018
Personal Accomplishments
Mayor Mull has a long history of professional and civic involvement, as well as a personal commitment to improving the lives of those with whom he comes in contact. Serving as a City of Alcoa commissioner since 1971 and mayor since 1983, Mull graduated from Maryville College with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He also attended the University of Tennessee; is a graduate of the Executive Development School at the University of Georgia in Athens; and holds a graduate diploma from the Institute of Financial Education. He has served as chairman and is presently serving as board member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, comprised of the City of Alcoa, the City of Knoxville, Blount County, Knox County, the City of Farragut and the Knoxville Planning Commission. He has been a member of the City of Alcoa Regional Planning Commission since 1971. Formerly Senior Vice-President at First Federal, he was Vice-President and Branch Manager of BB&T in Alcoa upon his retirement.

Mull received the "Mayor of the Year" award in Tennessee in 1995. He is an active member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Transportation Committee. He has served as treasurer and board member. He has held the position of both Chairman and President of the United Way of Blount County. He is a past president of the Maryville/Alcoa Jaycees. He is a past board member of the Knoxville Kidney Foundation. He is active in Maryville College fund raising; a member of the Clarks Grove Cemetery Board; and a member of the Alcoa Rotary. Mull presently serves as an at-large director of the Tennessee Municipal League; is on the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board; and sits on the 2006 National League of Cities Small Cities Council and the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee.

Mull is proud of the many successes that the city has had over the past few years. Working with the City staff, he has helped with the growth of Tyson Centre, Hunter´s Crossing and Hamilton Crossing; and secured the corporate headquarters of Clayton Homes, Advanced Munitions International, and ProNova. Alcoa has been extremely successful in attracting many restaurants: Cracker Barrel, O´Charley’s, Texas Roadhouse, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Puelos, McAllister’s Deli, Cheddars, Olive Garden, Bojangles, Salsaritas, Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread just to mention a few. The hotels within the City include Hampton Inns, Comfort Suites, Fairfield Inn, Mainstay Suites, Holiday Inns Express, Quality Inn, Family Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and Marriott Courtyard. Blount Memorial Wellness Center at the Springbrook Corporate Center and Fort Sanders/Medical Center at Topside Road are located in the City of Alcoa as well. The many successes of the City are too numerous to mention, including working to get Alcoa named as a Tree City for over 19 years. The Alcoa/Maryville/Blount County Landfill, operated by the City of Alcoa, is one of the top in the state. The 9-mile walking trail between the City of Alcoa and the City of Maryville was completed in 2004 and extensions and improvements continue to be added. The City’s state of the art water treatment plant produces up to 24 million gallons of water per day. The plant serves most of Blount County plus sells water to the Tuckaleechee and Knox Chapman Utilities.

One of the major accomplishments noted by Mayor Mull is the Pellissippi Parkway. Work from the inception to completion took several years and many trips to Nashville. The combined efforts of the cities of Alcoa and Maryville, Blount County, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority had to be focused on this priority in order to bring it to fruition. Mull is continuing to work toward the Parkway completion to Highway 321 at Hubbard.

The heavily traveled Alcoa Highway is another priority which Mayor Mull feels strongly about. The proposed Alcoa Parkway will provide those traveling through the City an alternate bypass around the congested section of the highway. This will require all governmental entities working together to see a final reality. The six-lane plan is almost complete, the next phase will be land acquisition, and then eventually the construction. "I will not be satisfied until I see dirt starting to be moved," Mull explained. He further commits to work hard to see that our economic development does not slow down as this is our salvation from not having large increases in our property tax base. Mull further states: "Our schools are in need of capital improvements." Mull is a member of the Facilitation Committee working to help solve these problems.

Mull and his wife are active members of their Alcoa First United Methodist Church, and parents to three children and five grandchildren.
 

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