|Mayor Rogero: 'Continue to Invest in a Great City' in 2014-15 Budget
Mayor Madeline Rogero today presented a proposed budget for 2014-15 that will put the City of Knoxville in position to meet increased obligations for the foreseeable future while continuing to invest in neighborhoods, infrastructure and a revitalized urban core. To meet the growing liability of legacy pension plans, the mayor proposed a 34-cent increase in the City's property tax rate, which would raise it to $2.7257. Adjusted for inflation and equalization, this will still leave it far below the effective rate of 10 years ago, when former Mayor Bill Haslam enacted the last City tax increase.
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Event Highlights Successes of City's Commercial Façade Program
The employees at Gray Hodges, 103 Jessamine St., are happy to talk about the new quarter-million-dollar façades on their four buildings.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, the 65-year-old supplier of cabinetry and kitchen and bath fixtures will be co-hosting an old-fashioned street party and cookout, with live bluegrass music, to celebrate. The ribbon-cutting program is scheduled at noon.
City Program Aims to Help Modest-Income Homeowners
Karen Jackson can't wait to start hosting big Sunday family dinners at the newly remodeled Speedway Circle house where she grew up. It's the special place where her mother raised eight daughters. It was Jackson's home and the family gathering spot for four decades. And it was the source of heartache when her mother inadvertently lost the home, and it then fell into disrepair. But the East Knoxville house has many new chapters of family history waiting to be written, and Jackson credits the City of Knoxville's Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program.
Utility Work to Close One Lane of Cumberland Ave.
Utility work associated with the University Commons project will close one of the two eastbound lanes of a short section of Cumberland Avenue near Metron Center Way. The lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Thursday, April 24, through Thursday, May 1.
[LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES]
City Honors Equity Award Winners
Nine Knoxville entities - ranging from an individual developer who's overhauled much of a North Knoxville block to a drywall company that created two dozen jobs with a building renovation project - were honored at Tuesday's annual Equity Awards Breakfast, presented by the City of Knoxville's Community Development Department. Mayor Madeline Rogero, HUD Director of Community Planning and Development Mary Wilson and City Community Development Director Becky Wade congratulated the honorees and touted the commemoration of National Community Development Week, April 21-27.
Homeless Biennial Study Presented
As part of Community Development Week, the Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition presented the Homeless Biennial Study at the L.T. Ross Building today. The study is conducted every two years to provide data and insights on the local homeless population.
[HOMELESS BIENNIAL STUDY - PDF]
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Rules and Zones Set for Food Truck Pilot Program
After incorporating feedback from a public meeting in March, the City of Knoxville has set rules and zones for a pilot program for mobile food vendors within City limits. The City is now accepting permit applications from food truck operators, and signs will be erected at parking spaces in five downtown zones by Monday, April 21.
[FOOD TRUCK INFO]
Healthy & Quality of Life Survey
The Community Health Council is partnering with the Knox County Health Department to ask for opinions from Knox County residents about health and quality of life in our community with an anonymous online survey. Survey results will help decide how health improvement resources need to be used. Share your thoughts!
|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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The City's Household Curbside Recycling online request system will be down on Friday, April 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. for maintenance.
Community Development Week
The City of Knoxville will mark National Community Development Week April 21-27 with a series of events showcasing projects of the City's Department of Community Development and its nonprofit partners across Knoxville.
The theme this year is "40 Years of Building Strong Communities," in recognition of the creation in 1974 of federal Community Development Block Grants. The CDBG program was created by Congress under President Gerald Ford through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
EarthFest Celebration Returns to World's Fair Park April 26
EarthFest returns to World's Fair Park for its 15th annual celebration of Earth Day. The day-long festival takes place Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. EarthFest is a free, zero-waste event with educational exhibits, a youth area with kids' crafts, food and live entertainment for the entire family, including pets.
Outdoor KnoxFest April 26-27
Outdoor KnoxFest is two full days of Urban Adventure for everyone from outdoor enthusiast to those who simply love to get out and play. Adventurers can experience Knoxville from a bicycle seat, stand up paddle board, canoe, trail, climbing wall, slack line and more during Outdoor KnoxFest.
Magnolia Ave. Streetscapes Meeting
More than 60 people - City Council members and East Knoxville residents and business leaders - shared ideas on the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes plan during a public forum April 16 at the John T. O' Connor Senior Citizens Center. Participants got a close look at renderings and details on the long-range project, which can be viewed online here.
Knoxvillians are invited to look at the proposal and offer their comments through April 30. Officials presented schematic designs for the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes project, based on recommendations outlined in the 2009 MPC Magnolia Avenue Corridor Plan.
[STREETSCAPES PRESENTATION - PDF]
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Dogwood Arts Festival
For more than 50 years, Knoxville has blossomed with the Dogwood Arts Festival, a celebration of the natural and cultural beauty of East Tennessee. Throughout the month of April, this vibrant festival promotes the history and future of the region's arts by featuring an exciting, fresh blend of gardens and trails, music, theater, crafts, film, dance, and culinary, literary and visual arts.
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Concerts on Market Square Start May 1
Enjoy free concerts on Market Square from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays during the Market Square Concert Series. There will be no alcohol or food sold on Market Square during the concerts, apart from that available on the patios of surrounding restaurants. But concertgoers are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on the Square and enjoy the shows.
Market Square Farmers' Market Starts May 3
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.
Biscuit Festival May 17
The International Biscuit Festival will offer a record number of Biscuits at the Biscuit Boulevard tasting area during the 2014 International Biscuit Festival, to be held Saturday, May 17, in downtown Knoxville.
Celebration of Civil Rights Act Anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. To commemorate that landmark legislation, and to discuss civil rights progress and challenges in the decades since, the City of Knoxville and partners across East Tennessee will be hosting a series of events throughout 2014. Prosecutors in Birmingham bombing cases will speak April 25 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
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Enjoy free live in studio performances at 12 noon on Mondays thru Saturdays at the WDVX 89.9 FM studio in Downtown Knoxville at 301 South Gay Street.
Knoxville Events Coming Soon!
Listed below are just a few events coming soon to Knoxville. To view more events CLICK HERE.