|Flags Lowered in Honor of Mayor Testerman
By order of Mayor Madeline Rogero, flags at the City County Building and all City of Knoxville facilities are being flown at half-staff in honor of former Knoxville Mayor Kyle Testerman.
Mayor Testerman passed away on Saturday, April 11, at the age of 80. He served two terms as Mayor, from 1972-75 and 1984-87.
The flags will remain at half-staff through Tuesday, April 21.
A Celebration of Life for Mayor Testerman is planned that day at 4 p.m. at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike.
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Cumberland Avenue Businesses Remain Accessible; Website Highlights Merchants, Restaurants
As the second week of utility work continues on the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project, a majority of cut-through commuters appear to be using the recommended detour routes, and traffic is moving well on those alternate routes.
Traffic flow is slower through the section of Cumberland Avenue between 22nd Street and West Volunteer Boulevard, where two lanes are closed. But with fewer vehicles, restaurants and merchants fronting on Cumberland remain accessible.
[VIEW TRAFFIC DETOUR MAP - PDF]
Tennessee Bike Summit Comes to Town Apr. 23-24
There's still time to register for the Tennessee Bike Summit, coming next week to the Knoxville Convention Center. This is a great chance to hear from nationally and internationally known speakers, and to learn from the experiences of bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from across the state.
Cumberland Avenue Work Underway
A two-year City of Knoxville project to reconstruct the Cumberland Avenue Corridor starts Monday, April 6 with utility work in the westbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue and portions of side streets between West Volunteer Boulevard and 22nd Street. Beginning Monday, motorists should anticipate lanes closed from West Volunteer Boulevard to 21st Street to allow for a one-block tapering of traffic.
One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, shifted into the existing eastbound lanes. .
[OVERVIEW OF PROJECT - PDF]
[TRAFFIC CONTROL PLAN FACTS - PDF]
[TRAFFIC CONTROL PLAN MAP - PDF]
Mayor Rogero to Move Forward on Jackson Ave., Former State Supreme Court Properties
Responding to recommendations from an expert advisory panel, City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero intends to move forward with the redevelopment of two crucial pieces of downtown property: the West Jackson Avenue sites of the former McClung Warehouses, and the former State Supreme Court site on Henley Street.
The City's Office of Redevelopment announced the proposals at a meeting Monday night, March 30, to discuss the final report from an Urban Land Institute advisory panel that visited Knoxville in October 2014. The City hired the ULI panel to study and make recommendations on five sites: West Jackson Avenue; the State Supreme Court property; World's Fair Park; the Henley Street corridor; and the Civic Auditorium/Coliseum complex.
[VIEW PUBLIC MEETING PRESENTATION - PDF]
[VIEW ULI REPORT - PDF]
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|Knoxville Police Department Honors Officers and Employees
Congratulations to the Knoxville Police Department's Co-Officers of the Year Todd Gilreath and Nate Skellenger, honored today at the Recognition Luncheon at the Southern Depot!
Investigator Gilreath put a stop to a string of violent crimes, and Officer Skellenger was recognized for his DUI and drug arrests, but also for his acts of compassion in helping families in dire need.
Also honored were Co-Employees of the Year Brandi Carson, who goes the extra mile to try to ease the pain of victims, and Tom Evans, whose investigative and forensic work protects children from dangerous predators, as well as Explorer of the Year Peyton Goins, who has given KPD and the community hundreds of hours of service.
Congratulations, and a heartfelt thank-you to all our KPD officers and employees who keep our families safe and look out for our most vulnerable citizens.
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Dogwood Arts Festival Creates Lively Downtown Street Fair
More than 60 local and regional juried artists will be exhibiting their original works across several blocks in downtown Knoxville throughout the popular three-day Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square event.
Union Ave. and Market St. will be closed, starting Thursday morning, to create the lively street fair. The closures are from 8 a.m. Thursday, April 16, to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19.
KSO Chamber Orchestra and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Kick Off Free Music Series on Market Square
With the arrival of spring comes the return of free live music to Market Square! The City of Knoxville and the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) are happy to launch another season of Jazz Tuesdays and Variety Thursday concerts, beginning the second week of May.
It gets started with a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.
City in Process of Drafting New Consolidated Plan & Annual Action Plan for Community Development
The City of Knoxville is in the process of drafting a new Consolidated Plan for Community Development. The five year Consolidated Plan outlines Knoxville's needs, priorities, and strategies for homeless assistance, affordable housing, and non-housing community development for program years 2015-2019. Another component of the Plan is the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan, which describes the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for the first year of the Plan, beginning July 1, 2015.
[Final Draft 2015-16 Annual Action Plan - PDF]
[Final Draft of 2015-19 Consolidated Plan - PDF]
[Apr. 7 Meeting Presentation - PDF]
CBID Seeks Input from Stakeholders
The Knoxville CBID Management Corporation was created to provide programs and services to make Knoxville a better place in which to live, work and play. As the CBID plans for their next fiscal year (which begins July 1), they would like to receive feedback from stakeholders about existing programs, as well as provide an opportunity to address future priorities.
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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.