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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Mayor Presents "Innovator Award"

City of Knoxville Innovator AwardAugust 16, 2006 - During City Council on Tuesday, August 15, Mayor Haslam honored the Chronic Problem Properties Committee with the first Annual City of Knoxville "Innovator Award."

The award will be given each year to the City of Knoxville department(s) who come up with and execute the best new idea to move the city forward.

Removing blight and rehabilitating chronic problem properties is a priority for the city and is the focus of the Chronic Problem Properties Committee. A dedicated group of employees work diligently to fix these problems and at least five departments touched these properties in different ways. City departments meet on a monthly basis with the goal of developing coordinated, inter-departmental, property-specific initiatives for each problem.

The priorities for the Chronic Problem Properties Committee include:

  • neighborhood stabilization
  • crime prevention and safety
  • housing rehabilitation
  • home ownership
  • job creation
  • homeless/chronic homeless services

    "By targeting problem properties we can more effectively address the issues that create these problem properties on a long-term comprehensive basis," Mayor Haslam said.

    Nearly 100 properties are currently under review - 70 residential, 4 commercial and 14 vacant lots. 10 properties have been successfully taken care of…they've either been sold, paid the taxes or the blight has been cleared. More than $15,000 has been paid in taxes.

  • Chronic Problems Properties Committee
    Chronic Problem Properties Committee
    Members of the Chronic Problem Properties Committee include:

    Sam Anderson - Community & Neighborhood Services
    Phyllis Patterson - Parks & Rec
    Zina Bergman - Community Development
    Rogers Doughty - Community Development
    Michael Dunthorn - Community Development
    Renee Kesler - Community Development
    Ray Snyder - Community Development
    Angela Bolton - Law Dept
    David Brace - Public Service
    Bob Whetsel - Public Service
    Roger Byrd - Fire Inspections
    Joe Milsaps - Fire Inspections
    Anita Cash - Building Inspections
    Tom Reynolds - Building Inspections
    Dava Wyatt - Codes Enforcement
    Gus Paidousis - KPD
    Gordon Catlett - KPD
    Lee Miracle - Finance
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