Downtown Knoxville Is Spruced Up and Ready for the Fall
The Krutch Park waterfall is bubbling. More than 100 planter boxes are bursting with color. And the Henley Bridge decorative lights are burning brightly, with about 70 new colors available. In short: City of Knoxville crews and contractors have downtown Knoxville looking good and ready for fall. The Krutch Park water feature has undergone some much-needed maintenance this summer by a crew from Merit Construction, under the project management services of the Public Building Authority and design firm Benefield Richters.
"The renovation work has made Krutch Park look really great," said David Brace, Public Service Director for the City of Knoxville.
"The park is a wonderful and heavily used green space in the center of downtown, and the water feature hadn't been touched in nearly a decade. This maintenance project has ensured that the park will remain in good condition for years to come."
Community Development Report for Public Review and Comment
A draft of the City of Knoxville's Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report will be available for citizen review and comment for a period of 15 days beginning Sept. 8, 2014. Follow this link for the draft report. The report describes how the City of Knoxville expended Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. The report is also available for review in the City's Community Development Office, 5th Floor City-County Building 400 Main Street. The draft report will also be mailed to interested parties upon request by calling Cicely Henderson in the Community Development Department at (865) 215-2120. Questions and comments may be submitted to Linda Rust at (865) 215-2120, firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P. O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN 37901. All comments must be received no later than Sept. 22, 2014.
PROSSER ROAD REOPENS TEMPORARILY DURING TENNESSEE VALLEY FAIR
Prosser Road has temporarily reopened and will remain open during the Tennessee Valley Fair, which kicks off on Friday, Sept. 5. The East Knoxville road, which frequently has been shut down by chronic flooding, is undergoing a $1.4 million overhaul. The City of Knoxville is reconstructing approximately 1,600 feet of Prosser Road between Knoxville Zoo Drive and East Magnolia Avenue.
City Crews Rerouting Flood-Prone Section of Third Creek Greenway
If you see underbrush being cleared along a section of Third Creek Greenway, don't be startled. The work by City of Knoxville Public Service Department crews is part of a greenway maintenance project designed to reroute a section of the trail that's prone to frequent flooding.
Sept. 4 Public Hearing on Cumberland Ave. Redevelopment Area Plan
Knoxville's Community Development Corp. (KCDC), acting on behalf of the City of Knoxville and City Council, is seeking public input on a proposal to establish a redevelopment area around Cumberland Avenue as a step toward financing public infrastructure.
The public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at UT Federal Credit Union, 2100 White Ave.
Pre-Submittal Conference Creates One-Stop Shopping for Developers, Contractors
The City of Knoxville's Plans Review and Inspections Department wants to help eliminate anxiety and confusion when you are building or restoring a home or building. Starting Sept. 8, the department is scheduling free, voluntary and informal monthly meetings with property owners, developers, architects, contractors and engineers who want to ask questions and iron out details about their property-improvement projects.
Mayor Rogero Joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Madeline Rogero today joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a national organization of mayors who support marriage equality for same-sex couples. More than 500 mayors in 45 states have already joined the organization. Mayor Rogero is the second mayor in Tennessee to join, after Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville.
Parks and Recreation Challenge Grant Applications Available
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for its 2014-15 Challenge Grant Program, which offers grants to nonprofit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities within the City limits.
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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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Tennessee Valley Fair Sept. 5-14
The annual Tennessee Valley Fair, Sept. 5-14, is one of the states largest multi-day events attracting nearly 140,000 people each year. Known for its innovative exhibits, livestock shows, concert series, action sports, exciting rides and a variety of unique fun foods, the Tennessee Valley Fair offers tremendous family entertainment! The Fair is located at 3301 E. Magnolia Ave.
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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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Knoxville, Knox County Commemorate Anniversary of 9/11
On Thursday, Sept. 11, the City of Knoxville and Knox County will hold a joint 9/11 Memorial Service to honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The observance will be held at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, in front of the City County Building, 400 Main St.
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.
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.
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.
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