January 13, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam will host
a dedication ceremony of the Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center, 3124
Wilson Ave., on Sunday, January 16.
City staff will conduct tours of the facility and provide information
about recreation, fitness and educational programs to be offered during
an open house between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Haslam will dedicate the center in honor of
Dr. Davidson, who has retired from a long and distinguished career
practicing medicine, but continues to be an amazingly active civic
leader. In addition, the center's community room will be dedicated
in honor of retired educator Ruth Benn; the gymnasium for the late
Knoxville police Capt. James Rowan; and the pool for the late civil
rights attorney Carl Cowan.
this center contributes to the community just a fraction of what
Dr. Davidson has over his lifetime then it will be an unqualified
success," Mayor Haslam said. "It will be my privilege
to honor Dr. Davidson, Mrs. Benn, Capt. Rowan and Attorney Cowan
for all they have done to improve the quality of life in the City
The new recreation center, formerly the Eastside YMCA, has been renovated
and updated, with a new roof, better heat and air conditioning system,
and new paint. It features a large gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness
room, a community room and kitchen.