Downtown Knoxville Is Spruced Up and Ready for the Fall
The Krutch Park waterfall is bubbling. More than 100 planter boxes are bursting with color. And the Henley Bridge decorative lights are burning brightly, with about 70 new colors available. In short: City of Knoxville crews and contractors have downtown Knoxville looking good and ready for fall. The Krutch Park water feature has undergone some much-needed maintenance this summer by a crew from Merit Construction, under the project management services of the Public Building Authority and design firm Benefield Richters.
"The renovation work has made Krutch Park look really great," said David Brace, Public Service Director for the City of Knoxville.
Work Begins on Cross Park Drive Improvements
The City of Knoxville has entered into a contract with Twin K Construction, Inc. for $3,735,868.30 for the construction of the Cross Park Drive Drainage Improvements Project. The project length is over 3,200 linear feet and includes roadway, channel and culvert upgrades from Park Village Road to the creek crossing between Cross Creek Road and Bridgewater Road. Road closures with detours will be required for park Village Road, Cross Park Drive and Cross Creek Road, as well as minor driveways to complete the project. The construction contract has a 270-day duration. Work began in late July and completion is anticipated for April 2015.
New Tax Revenue to Allow Completion of Several Projects
Mayor Madeline Rogero is proposing to use $4.3 million in unexpected tax revenue from the recently ended fiscal year to complete or accelerate several planned capital projects. A budget amendment will go to City Council for approval on first reading at the Sept. 16 Council meeting.
Community Development Report for Public Review and Comment
A draft of the City of Knoxville's Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report will be available for citizen review and comment for a period of 15 days beginning Sept. 8, 2014. Follow this link for the draft report. The report describes how the City of Knoxville expended Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. The report is also available for review in the City's Community Development Office, 5th Floor City-County Building 400 Main Street. The draft report will also be mailed to interested parties upon request by calling Cicely Henderson in the Community Development Department at 865-215-2120. Questions and comments may be submitted to Linda Rust at 865-215-2120, firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN 37901. All comments must be received no later than Sept. 22, 2014.
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Pre-Submittal Conference Creates One-Stop Shopping for Developers, Contractors
The City of Knoxville's Plans Review and Inspections Department wants to help eliminate anxiety and confusion when you are building or restoring a home or building. Starting Sept. 8, the department is scheduling free, voluntary and informal monthly meetings with property owners, developers, architects, contractors and engineers who want to ask questions and iron out details about their property-improvement projects.
Parks and Recreation Challenge Grant Applications Available
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for its 2014-15 Challenge Grant Program, which offers grants to nonprofit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities within the City limits.
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Henley Bridge is OPEN!
The Henley Bridge is now open with four lanes of traffic and businesses on the south side of the Tennessee River are waiting for you! To find info on your favorite businesses in the Downtown South Business District or Henley Bridge project updates visit
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Website Maintenance Sept. 21
Due to scheduled website maintenance, the online property tax search and payment application and brush and leaf pickup search functions will not be available on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 a.m.
Lots of Diverse Events this Weekend in Knoxville
There's no University of Tennessee football this weekend, but Knoxvillians have plenty of options - a large number of a diverse cultural events, a neighborhood homecoming and do-good volunteer opportunities.
A dozen events are planned in downtown Knoxville or at City parks, but getting to them shouldn't be a challenge. There are only a few road closures.
KPD Bike Safety Fair Set for Sept. 20
The Knoxville Police Department presents the Bicycle Safety Fair on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (last group starts at 1:30 p.m.).
The fair takes place at Safety City located at 165 S. Concord Street, Knoxville, TN 37919 (between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue).
This is a FREE event.
Brownfield Assessment Report to Be Presented at Sept. 22 Meeting
A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, to report on accomplishments of South Waterfront and Downtown North brownfield assessment grants. The meeting will be at All Occasions Catering, 922 N. Central St. City of Knoxville officials and engineering and planning consultants from S&ME and BPR will present a final report on brownfield assessments performed in the South Waterfront and Downtown North redevelopment areas.
Zoo Undergoes Largest Strategic Planning Effort Since Inception
Knoxville Zoo's board of directors has approved a comprehensive strategic plan that will change the way visitors experience the zoo over the next five years. Adoption of this plan represents the largest strategic planning effort in the history of Knoxville Zoo.
Movies on Market Square
Knox County Public Library's Movies on Market Square is coming back for its 11th year. On September 12, the Library will launch its 2014 season of family-friendly outdoor movies. Every Friday night from September 12-October 17, the public is invited to bring the whole family, including their favorite, well behaved four-pawed, tail-wagging companion, to see a free movie presented by Lusid Media.
U.T. Football Games
The U.T. football season is here! Check www.utsports.com for a complete schedule. Please note there will be increased traffic and some roads downtown will be affected during game days.
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Design Professionals Invited to City's Oct. 3 Accessibility Symposium
Pre-registration is under way for the City of Knoxville's third annual Accessibility Symposium, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The symposium aims to help professionals in the design industry - architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, facility managers, construction project managers, plans reviewers, inspectors and others - to better understand what true site and facility accessibility means to people with disabilities and seniors.
Market Square Farmers' Market Open Every Wednesday and Saturday
Visit the Market Square Farmers' Market every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on historic Market Square during May thru November. The Market Square Farmers' Market is a open-air farmers' market. Everything is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region.
Please visit www.VisitKnoxville.com to see a list of events in the Knoxville area.