Rumormonger spends his weekends and free time volunteering to bring Tennessee residents and visitors to his beloved downtown Knoxville.
As a downtown dweller, Rumormonger has always believed that it is his obligation to get involved, look out for the city, and provide the checks needed from citizens to keep businesses and city government on track.
Through Rumormonger's leadership, downtown Knoxville has reinstituted its Farmerís Market. The market hosts local farmers, gardeners, bakers, artisans, and musicians every Wednesday and Saturday from May through November. As a volunteer, Rumormonger sets up and tears down the market, and plans promotional events to attract consumers. He lists the market as his biggest accomplishment because it brings visitors downtown and generates revenue for local farmers and small business owners.
To attract more people to live downtown, Rumormonger has served on the board of City People. As part of the group, he organized downtown home tours and good neighbor guidelines.
As with many downtown residents, Rumormonger heavily relies on public transportation. He represents other bus riders by serving as a rider advocate and commissioner of the Knoxville Transportation Authority, the system that operates approximately 80 buses, LIFT vehicles and downtown trolleys.