|Urban Land Institute to Visit Oct. 5-10 for Knoxville Study
Consultants from a nonprofit research firm known nationally for urban planning and design will be in town next week as part of a contract with the City of Knoxville to study five sites in and around downtown Knoxville. The consultants from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will conduct site tours and interviews with public officials, developers, residents, business owners, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders.
City Seeks Input on Five-Year Community Development Plan
The City of Knoxville's Department of Community Development is updating its five-year Consolidated Plan to identify needs across Knoxville neighborhoods. And it wants your help!
Five Americorps Members Satisfy 'Strong Passion' for Public Service in City Roles
Five committed AmeriCorps members passionate about providing public service will be piloting programs and conducting research with four City of Knoxville departments into the summer of 2015.
Their contributions will range from maintaining greenways, to helping neighborhood advocates fight blight, to promoting nutrition education and urban agriculture.
The quintet of recent college graduates hail from across the United States, but they share a passion for community service.
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Gets Annual Update
To reduce or eliminate the long-term risks of natural hazards, such as flooding, the City of Knoxville, Knox County and the Town of Farragut developed a Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2011. The City was required to help create the plan due to the number of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) repetitive flood insurance claims made within the Knoxville community. This plan was approved by City Council on May 1, 2012.
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Multiple Drug and Felony Arrests Earns Unit Special Recognition
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch awarded a Unit Citation to East District Delta Squad for their numerous DUI, drug and felony arrests in June.
Chief Rausch said that East Delta Squad had 9 DUI arrests, 19 drug arrests, and recorded 20 felony arrests during the month of June.
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.
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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|HonorAir Knoxville's 17th Flight Today
122 East Tennesseee Veterans are in Washington D.C for HonorAir Knoxville's 17th flight to see memorials built to honor the veteran's sacrifices. The flight will return this evening and the public is encouraged to welcome the returning veterans at McGhee Tyson Airport at 8 p.m. Arrive early!
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Annual Senior Appreciation Picnic Rescheduled for Oct. 10
Due to inclement weather in the forecast, Mayor Burchett's 8th Annual Senior Appreciation Picnic has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at John Tarleton Park. The event was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, and the event will happen on Oct. 10, rain or shine.
Mosquito Spraying in East Knoxville Thursday Night
The latest lab report has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in the Milligan Street area of east Knoxville. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will spray for mosquitoes in the affected area Thursday, Oct. 2 between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting, to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of WNV spreading to humans. Follow-up spraying will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 16, weather permitting.
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.
Thursday Concerts Return to Market Square for Fall Series
The Variety Thursdays series of free concerts on Market Square is returning for a run of fall shows, from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30. The series, sponsored by the City of Knoxville and Stellar Visions and Sound, will include square dancing, country, jazz and an adventurous local chamber ensemble.
All concerts are free - and that includes parking, which is free after 6 p.m. at the City-owned Market Square, State Street and Locust Street garages.
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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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.
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.