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|Highland Neighbors Association
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2011 Highland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918
The purposes and goals of the Association shall be to protect and promote the best interests of
the residents of Highland Drive; to preserve and promote the street as a desirable neighborhood
and place to live; to maintain the integrity, aesthetics and residential character of the street
and its historic structures; to protect its environment and natural features; to encourage people
to buy, restore and improve homes; to prevent crime and destructive acts; to promote and
encourage neighborliness and community spirit, and to cooperate with city officials and with
other civic and public organizations for the general welfare of the entire community of Fountain
Organization's Bylaws [PDF]
About Our Neighborhood
Highland Drive was the first commercial development in Fountain City, an early “trolley” suburb of Knoxville that consisted of summer homes as well as permanent residences. Many of the original homes date to the turn of the Twentieth Century.
Initially conceived in the summer of 2006, by neighbors Kelly Scott and Jean Hess, the Highland Drive Neighborhood Association began in an effort to stop, or at least postpone, auction by the City of Knoxville of a 1-acre greenspace and spring adjacent to their homes. Scott and Hess quickly engaged the cooperation of other near neighbors, who in turn worked together to identify and talk to all of the households along Highland Drive in the historic portion between Broadway and Jenkins.
It emerged that a primary concern among all of the neighbors was for safety and security, as well as maintaining the historic and environmental integrity of Highland Drive. Our initial efforts focused on obtaining Neighborhood Watch status from KPD, creating and then filing with the State of Tennessee for legally viable association status, while at the same time working with Mayor Haslam and City Council to postpone the auction by one year in order to give the Association time to propose a sustainably green use for the lot. Signatures were obtained on a petition to assure our status as an official organization, and the group also held a covered dish supper at the local Grace Community Church in November, 2006; over 40 neighbors attended, representing at least 40 households.
By December 2006 our short-term goals had been achieved, paving the way for concerted effort toward raising funds for preservation of the lot and establishment of an herb garden for the community. We will meet in January to formally elect officers, and to plan activities such as researching the history and ecology of the neighborhood, fundraising, and partnering with local arborists and garden groups to assure preservation of the lot and springs by the establishment of a neighborhood herb garden. All of this will culminate in our submission of a formal proposal to City Council to preserve the lot for the neighborhood. This will be submitted in August 2007 after the City sends out a Request for proposal (RFP).