Mayor Madeline Rogero nominated Rev. Charles S. Lomax, Jr., and Janice L. Tocher to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, which is comprised of 15 members; eight are nominated by the Knox County mayor and seven are nominated by the city mayor. The commissioners, who are not paid for their service, are nominated for four-year terms and are approved by the Local Government Planning Advisory Committee.
Lomax is the Match and Training coordinator for Amachi Knoxville, an initiative of Knoxville Leadership Foundation. He also serves as senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa, according to a city press release. He's a Knoxville native and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in sociology and a minor in political science. He also received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, the release says. He was a youth minister at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and worked for the Knox County Election Commission
Tocher, who has lived in Knoxville for 25 years, is the president of Averra Media Corp., a website development, multimedia, and custom programming company, according to the release. She is also a founding member of the South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition. She is the president of the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, of which she is also a founding member.