Married to Elizabeth McKnight, 11th grade counselor at Heritage High School.
No children but three rescue dogs -- Shelly Louise Self, Second Chance Self and Gumbo Jack McKnight
Occupation: Waste Connections of Tennessee, Inc., as an Industrial and Special Waste Representative
What was your first paying job?
“At Camp Buck Toms, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Bill France, USMC, gave me a chance to teach young scouts basic scout skills when I was 14 in the first year camper program. I made $45 per week.”
• If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Tell Elizabeth, my momma and sister, my Uncle Chip and Miss Betty, my cousin Allen and his family, my mother- and father-in-law, Elizabeth’s sisters and their families to have their bags packed and meet at the airport. I would have tickets ready and take them on an all-inclusive month long tour of Africa.”
• What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“I know we got to go cheap, but this is looza’ cheap.” John Stanton in “Primary Colors,” 1998.
• What are you guilty of?
“Loving Mayfield’s Neapolitan ice cream and eating the whole half gallon just before I go to bed. It’s how I maintain my figure.”
• What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Run for political office, particularly the Tennessee State House of Representatives.”
• Do you think there is life on other planets?
• What is your favorite material possession?
“My Big Red ‘Old Town’ canoe.”
• What are you reading currently?
“Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living,” by Rueben Job.
• Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“First of all, my momma has been the most influential on me. Now as far as the rest of the world and these United States, I woud say Theodore Roosevelt for having the insight to make conservation such an important virtue for our nation by setting aside lands for public use and protection through the National Parks.”
• What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I promised Liz I wouldn’t tell. If she’ll tell you, you’ll know my most embarrassing moment.”
• What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
• When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“Mayor of Greenback. No lie. Could I really make that up?”
• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Slow down and read more books.”
• What is your passion?
“To help other people.”
• With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My papaw, Creed Ramsey. I think we all under-appreciate our elders until we don’t have there wisdom to learn from.”
• What do you hate?
“Unreasonable people who have no consideration for another person and their position.”
• What is your all-time favorite movie?
“Smokey and the Bandit”
• What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“ ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,’ by Dale Carnegie.”
• Would you travel in space?
“In a heartbeat!”
• If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I think it would have be mid-18th century when the people were redressing the Kings rule over the colonies. How exciting of a time to see the courage of people to risk everything for a better rule.”
• What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Robert DuVall in any of his Western appearances. Especially ole ‘Gus’ McCrae, in Lonesome Dove.”
• What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“Elizabeth actually made me a keepsake box while we were at Maryville College to keep all her notes and special things in. It has pictures of some of our favorite trips, quotes and scripture.”
• What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“To be kind in all circumstances.”
• Did you ever get paddled in school, and if so, why?
“Did I? While in Kindercare, I got paddled for sneaking and pulling the fire alarm during nap time. In kindergarten, I got paddled by Mrs. Tallent for marking up her desk with crayons. In first grade, Mrs. Massey paddled me for talking to much and being a disruption in class. In second grade, Mrs. Whetstone paddled me for talking to much and being a disruption in class. When I repeated second grade, Mrs. Whetstone paddled me again for talking to much and being a disruption in class. Then in third grade, Mrs. Clinton paddled me for talking to much and being a disruption in class. This continued every year until I got to high school where I smoothed talked Holden Lail into giving me some ‘get out of jail free’ cards.”
• Who is your hero?
“My Momma. She is a single mother that did the very best at all times, even when I tested her to her wits-end.
• What was your first car?
“1995 Toyota Tercel. Her name was Ruby.”
• What’s your all-time favorite song?
“ ‘Dixieland Delight,’ by Alabama. Those of you that have witnessed me do kareoke, know what my favorite kareoke song is.”