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Document Committee Meeting

When: June 16, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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Document Committee Meeting

When: May 5, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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Document Committee Meeting

When: March 22, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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2016 Retiree Luncheon

The 16th annual retiree luncheon has been scheduled and the invitations have been mailed. If you have any questions please contact our office at (865) 215-2323.

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Where: Rothchild Catering & Conference Center

Time: 11:30 a.m.

RSVP is required for attendance. Please click here for invitation in case you have not received your invitation yet.


Blackout Period

There will be a blackout period between 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 through 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2016.

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board along with USI Consulting Group will be making two (2) investment fund changes in the Asset Accumulation Plan, Knox County  Voluntary 457(b) Plan, and the Sheriff’s Total Accumulation Retirement Plan (STAR).  

Fund Type

Current Fund Name

New Fund Name

Aggressive Blend

Oppenheimer Main Street Mid Cap A

First Eagle Fund of America A

Balanced Blend

Pioneer Government Income A

Pioneer Short Term Income A

If you are currently in the Aggressive or Balanced Blend, you may change to another blend or any of our Stand Alone investment options prior to the Blackout date. Otherwise, your account will automatically change to the information noted above during the blackout period. 

Only the Aggressive Blend and Balanced Blend will be affected by this Blackout period!

Click here for a details


Investment Meeting Change

The Investment Committee originally scheduled for 1:00 Friday, February 19th will be delayed until about 1:45 – 2:00 due to a conflict with the Hardin Valley Groundbreaking rescheduled from last Friday.  Most of the Committee Members will be attending this event and then return for our Investment Committee Meeting.

Please click here for more details.


Nationwide and the National Association of Counties Scholarship

For the eleventh consecutive year, Nationwide and the National Association of Counties are offering college scholarships of $2,500 each. High school seniors whose parents, grandparents or legal guardians actively contribute to a 457(b) plan offered through the NACo Deferred Compensation Program are encouraged to apply.

Please click here for more details.


Special Election Results

After receiving the results from the election that was held yesterday (1/14), Ashley Huffaker from the Benefits Department will be the new board member for the Knox County Retirement & Pension Board.

We would like to thank both candidates for their efforts and wish them both well in the future.


Retirement Board Schools Special Employee Election

When: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Where: Online (click here for voting instructions)

Who can vote: Classified schools employees are the only employees allowed to vote in this election.

Who are the candidates? Please click here for the candidates and their bios.


Document Committee Meeting

When: Friday, January 15, 2016

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640 in the City-County Building

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Knox County Retirement Board Schools Classified Representative Special Election

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board will hold a special election for seat A1 on the Knox County Retirement & Pension Board representing the Classified Knox County Schools employees for the remaining term beginning January 2016 through February 2017.

An election will be conducted on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

If you wish to be a candidate, you can obtain a qualifying petition from the Retirement Office by:

  1. Visiting our office located in Suite 371, City-County Building, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  2. Emailing a request to our office at retirement@knoxcounty.org and we can reply back with a petition.
  3. Call our office at (865) 215-2323 and we will be glad to mail a petition to you.

Completed petitions must be received in the Retirement Office by 4:00 p.m. no later than Thursday, December 17, 2015.


2015 Board Meeting Minutes


2014 Board Meeting Minutes


Investment Committee Meeting Change

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board Investment Committee meeting scheduled for November 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. has been changed to 10:00 a.m. for the same day.

Please click here for more information


Investment Fund Changes

This notice is to inform you that investment fund changes will take place during the blackout period as noted here.

The Plans that are affected are:
Asset Accumulation Plan, Knox County 457 Plan, Medical Expense Retirement Plan (MERP), and Sheriff’s Total Accumulation Retirement Plan (STAR)


NATIONAL SAVE FOR RETIREMENT WEEK OCTOBER 18 – 24, 2015

The focus of National Save for Retirement week is to create awareness of the importance to save for retirement and to encourage people to do so. USI Consulting Group has created an enhancement to our website called Learning Station, which contains several brief videos that may help your employees start saving and/or may help them plan for retirement.

Please click here for more information


Document Committee Meeting – QDRO's

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640 in the City-County Building

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Special Called Pension Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640 in the City-County Building

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Investment Committee Workshop

When: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640 in the City-County Building

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Document Committee Meeting

When: Monday, September 14, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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Investment Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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Document Committee Meeting

When: Monday, August 24, 2015

Time: 12:45 p.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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Document Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Where: Commissioner’s Conference Room #640

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South Knoxville Retirement Session Update

The retirement session scheduled for the South Knoxville Senior Center has been moved to a new date.

The new date is: Monday, July 27th at 8:30 a.m.

The retirement session website http://retirementeducation.myevent.com has the updated information. If you have any questions, please contact the Retirement Office at retirement.sessions@knoxcounty.org.


Retirement Session Location:

The Retirement Sessions that will be held on Thursday, June 17th (9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 3 p.m.) will be held in the HR Conference Room on the 3rd Floor.


Knox County Mandatory Retirement Sessions

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board, the Knox County Mayor, Sheriff, and Fee Office Holders, along with USI Consulting Group are working together to conduct mandatory retirement sessions to all Knox County Government employees eligible for participation in the Retirement System.  

These retirement sessions will be covered in three phases:

  1. Retirement Plan overview specific to your retirement plan for those participants in the Asset Accumulation Plan, UOPP, and STAR.
  2. Investment education for the Asset Accumulation Plan and STAR.
  3. Planning for Retirement for Asset Accumulation Plan, UOPP, and STAR.

We are currently holding meetings for Phase 1 of the Asset Accumulation Plan.  Our goal is to have class sizes of about 25, which means there will be about 100 classes just to cover Phase 1 of the Asset Accumulation Plan. We have set up this email address retirement.sessions@knoxcounty.org for questions regarding the Educational Classes and this website http://retirementeducation.myevent.com/ for scheduling employees at specific meetings.  Please consult with your department head before scheduling your session.  We are working to accommodate each department’s needs with Knox County Government.

If you have any questions, please email them to retirement.sessions@knoxcounty.org


Special Called Investment Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640
 
Click here for details.


Quarterly Investment Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640
 
Click here for details.


Document Committee Meeting…continued

When: Monday, April 27, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Commission Conference Room #640
 
Click here for details.


Document Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Knox County Risk Management/HR Benefits Conference Room
 
Click here for details.


Fund Changes

New Funds Added
The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board along with USI Consulting Group have agreed to add two (2) new stand alone funds to the Asset Accumulation Plan, Knox County Voluntuary 457(b), and the Sheriff’s Total Accumulation Retirement Plan (STAR).

These stand alone funds will be added automatically on May 1, 2015, and will not require a blackout for the system.

  1. Oppenheimer International Small Co. A (OSMAX), the category is Foreign Small/Mid Growth
  2. Ivy Science & Technology A (WSTAX), the category is Technology

MSF Name Change
The MSF Research Bond Fund has been renamed to MFS Total Return Bond Fund as of March 31, 2015. This change occurred automatically, an no action is required.


Document Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640
 
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15th Annual Retiree Luncheon

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Retiree Luncheon held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center. This luncheon is held in appreciation to our retirees who have worked for Knox County Government and Knox County Schools (as classified employees). Please be our guest at this annual event. Invitations have been mailed, however, if you have not received yours please contact our office at (865) 215-2323, you may also mail in the RSVP notice from the newsletter, click here for the newsletter.


Supplemental Life Insurance Premium Error

There was a system error in the amount of the deduction for Employee Supplemental Life Insurance for the payroll dated 3/13/2015. We are aware of the error and will have it corrected by the next payroll. Your insurance coverage will NOT be affected. The premium is actually less than what should have been deducted.

We will send another notification if any changes are going to be made regarding the premium amount.

Please accept our apology for this inconvenience!


Disability Committee Meeting – Rescheduled

When: Monday, March 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Where: HR Conference Room #361
For more details click here. (disability comm. Pdf)


Investment Committee Meeting – Rescheduled

The Investment Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, 2015 has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held in the Human Resources Conference Room #361 of the City-County Building. Click here for details.


Investment Committee Meeting

The Investment Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18th has been postponed due to inclement weather. We will post the new date and time once it’s scheduled.


Retirement & Pension Board Election Results

Seat A: Representing Knox County Schools Classified employees participating in the Asset Accumulation Plan or Defined
Benefit Plan.

  • Winner: Robin Moody

 
Seat B: Representing Knox County Government employees participating in the Asset Accumulation Plan, Defined Benefit
Plan, Sheriff’s Total Accumulation Retirement Plan, The Uniformed Officers Pension Plan and Schools employees in City A
Teachers.

  • Winner: Rick Trott

Retirement Election

The Retirement Election will be held this Thursday, February 12th at the following locations:


City-County Building (Main Floor)
400 W. Main Ave.
Room MC-1A
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Detention Facility
5001 Maloneyville Rd
6 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Knox Central Building
1000 North Central St.
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Schools Maintenance Building
900 E. Fifth Ave.
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Signs will show specific location. Please click here for the newsletter regarding the candidate’s bio.


Disability Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Where: Risk Management Conference Room #345 (City-County Bldg.)

Click here for details.


2015 Retirement Board Election

The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board will hold its bi-annual election for two seats on the Board. Please click here for details regarding the election process.


Investment Committee Workshop

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Commissioners Conference Room #640
 
Click here for details.


Employee Election Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: HR Conference Room #361

Retirement Education Committee Meeting

When: Friday, December 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: HR Conference Room #361


2015 Medical Expense Retirement Plan (MERP)

Effective January 1, 2015, the Employer match will increase from 25% to 50%. Please click here for details.


Quarterly Investment Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Where: City-County Building, Suite 640
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Click here for memo.


New Board Member Orientation #2

When: Wednesday, October 15th
Where: HR Conference Room
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Please see here for details of the announcement.


Life Insurance Open Enrollment for Knox County Employees

October 13, 2014 through November 14th, 2014

The Life Insurance Provider for 2015 has not changed, but their name has.  ING’s new name is VOYA (effective October 1, 2014).  Same carrier and the same rates, just a new name!

Employees of Knox County Government have an opportunity during the Open Enrollment period to increase their Supplemental Life Insurance by one step (assuming you are not already at the maximum of $105,000) without any medical questions asked.  For those employees who wish to increase their Supplemental Life Insurance more than one step, a VOYA EOI Form (evidence of insurability) must be completed and returned to the Retirement Office.  VOYA will notify you as to whether you are approved or denied the increase amount above one step.  All elected / approved increases will be effective January 1, 2015, or later if VOYA approves the EOI after January 1.  For frequently ask Q & A, (click here)

EOI Forms are available here (click here) and the instructions (click here) and are available in the Knox County Self-Service System for Open Enrollment.  All Life Insurance Enrollment changes will be handled through the Employee Self-Service System.

The Rate Sheet for Supplemental Life is available here (click here).

To change / update your Life Insurance Beneficiary(ies), complete the Beneficiary Change Form (click here) (5) and return it the Retirement Office, Room 371 in the City/County Building.  For additional questions, contact the Retirement Office at (865) 215-2323.


Retirement & Investment Education Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Human Resources Conference Room #361
Click here for details.


GASB 67 Meeting

When: Friday, October 3, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Human Resources Conference Room #361
Click here for details.


Retirement Board Meeting Change

The October regularly scheduled board meeting has changed from October 27, 2014 to October 20, 2014. See here for details.



New Board Member Orientation

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Where: Commissioners Conference Room
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Please see here for details of the announcement.


Quarterly Investment Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Where: City-County Building, Suite 640
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Click here for memo.


Quarterly Investment Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Where: City-County Building, Suite 640
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Click here for memo.


The Knox County Retirement & Pension Board has adopted a new disability program for employees actively working as of 1/1/14. This newsletter is a brief summary of the new policies and procedures, for complete details you may visit our website.


Special Called Disability Meeting

When: Monday, July 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: HR Conference Room 361
Click here for details.


Disability Committee Meeting

There will be a special called Disability Committee meeting on Friday, May 16, 2014 in the HR Conference Room #360 at 2 p.m.. Please click here for details.


Quarterly Investment Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: City-County Building, Room 640
Click here for details


MEDICAL EXPENSE RETIREMENT PLAN

Effective the week of May 19, 2014, the investment style mix for MERP will change to the following:

  • 45% Ultra Aggressive
  • 45% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative

This notice will also be included on the 1st Quarter statements.

These are the same investment styles used in the Asset Accumulation Program. The Retirement Board CANNOT guarantee future investment performance.

Note: You cannot change your investment mix.
Document Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Where: HR Conference Room #361
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Click here for memo.


Quarterly Investment Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Where: City-County Building, Suite 340
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Click here for memo.


Fund Change Blackout

The Employee Retirement & Asset Accumulation Program will be in a blackout April 11 – April 18, 2014. During this time participants with funds in Sentinel Short Maturity Govt A (also known as Sentinel Low Duration Bond A) will be effected. If you have questions, please contact the Retirement Office at (865) 215-2323.

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Retirement Services

City County Building
400 Main Street
Suite 371
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-215-2323
Fax: 865-215-2421
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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