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Below you will find the latest news and press releases from the City of Knoxville.
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    City Invests in I-275 Business Park Infrastructure

    Posted: 05/10/2022

    Mayor Kincannon, City staff and construction project partners cut a ribbon on May 10, 2022, celebrating completion of a $5.5 million investment that improved access to and connectivity within the underdeveloped North Knoxville commercial corridor. Read More

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    Second Neighborhood Safety Meeting is May 19 in West Knoxville

    Posted: 05/10/2022

    West Knoxville neighbors are invited to the next Neighborhood Safety and Awareness meeting, on Thursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. at Deane Hill Recreation Center. The first meeting, focused on East Knoxville neighborhoods, was held in February. Read More

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    City Invests $1.6 M to Make Amherst Road Safer

    Posted: 05/09/2022

    The Amherst Road Slope Stabilization Project was complicated: The slope banking the roadway and shoulder was deteriorating, and the road was slowly getting skinnier as outer pieces of asphalt crumbled. Read More

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    City, KUB, TVA Partner on Community Solar Array

    Posted: 05/05/2022

    On Friday, April 30, the City of Knoxville, KUB, TVA and Solar Alliance broke ground on the Knoxville's first community solar project. Read More

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    11 Youth-Serving Agencies Receive Summer Program Grants

    Posted: 05/04/2022

    At its May 3, 2022, meeting, City Council approved $194,108.80 in Summer Opportunity Youth Program grant funding to community-based organizations to provide support and programming for youth and young adults between June 6 and Sept. 2, 2022.  Read More

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    Coker Avenue Sidewalk Project Connects Students to Schools

    Posted: 05/04/2022

    The City has invested $791,441 to build a “missing link” sidewalk in North Knoxville that students will use to walk safely to and from Belle Morris Elementary School. Read More

  • KUB’s 2021 Water Quality Report is Now Available

    KUB’s 2021 Water Quality Report is Now Available

    Posted: 05/02/2022

    KUB is committed to providing safe, high-quality drinking water to the community, and makes its annual Water Quality Report available online at www.kub.org/2021kubwaterquality or by request to KUB at 865-524-2911.  Read More

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    Concerts on the Square Series Returns May 3, 2022

    Posted: 04/29/2022

    The City of Knoxville brings live music back to the Market Square stage! The popular Concerts on the Square series, presented by Comcast, begins Tuesday, May 3, with the first Jazz Tuesday, featuring the Sam Adams Quartet. Variety Thursdays begin May 19 with The Coveralls. All Concerts on the Square performances are 7 - 9 p.m. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon Announces Paul Noel as City's Next Police Chief

    Posted: 04/28/2022

    Today, Mayor Indya Kincannon introduced Paul Noel as Knoxville’s next Chief of Police. Noel is a 25 year-plus police veteran and currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. Read More

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    Sections of Gay Street Closed for Rossini Festival

    Posted: 04/27/2022

    Parts of Gay Street and additional downtown streets will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic this weekend for the Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, being held Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Read More

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    KPD Morris, Payne Named 2021 Employees of the Year

    Posted: 04/26/2022

    Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Digital Forensic Analyst Shannon Morris and Grants and Planning Manager Stacey Payne were announced as the co-recipients of the 2021 Employee of the Year Award at the Knoxville Police Department’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.  Read More

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    Walker, Stryker, Glover Named 2021 KPD Officers of the Year

    Posted: 04/26/2022

    West District patrol officer Tim Walker and Organized Crime Unit investigators Brandon Stryker and Brandon Glover were presented with the 2021 Officer of the Year Award at the Knoxville Police Department’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.  Read More

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    KPD Hopkins Receives Mike Waggoner Leadership Award

    Posted: 04/26/2022

    Veteran KPD patrol officer J.D. Hopkins was selected to receive the Mike Waggoner Leadership Award, which is presented annually to an officer who exhibits strong passion, dedication and thoroughness while inspiring those around them to do the same. Read More

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    Beatty Named 2021 KPD Explorer of the Year

    Posted: 04/26/2022

    Alexander Beatty was recognized as the 2021 Explorer of the Year at the Knoxville Police Department’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.  Read More

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    Grant Challenge Encourages Creativity, Collaborations to Address Youth Mental Health

    Posted: 04/26/2022

    A new competitive grant initiative challenges community groups to collaborate with business and government entities on creative projects that address an urgent need: young people’s mental health and resilience.  Read More

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    Open Streets Knoxville Takes Over Sevier Ave May 15

    Posted: 04/25/2022

    Neighbors are invited to walk, bike, jog, or dance their way through town at Open Streets Knoxville on Sevier Avenue in South Knoxville on Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 2-6 p.m. Read More

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    Stadium-related Utility Work to Begin in May

    Posted: 04/25/2022

    The first round of work related to construction of an $80 million publicly-owned multi-use stadium just east of the Old City will begin in May. Anticipate closures on parts of three streets to accommodate the initial utility upgrade work. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon's Proposed Budget Invests Heavily in Protecting Core Services, Public Safety

    Posted: 04/22/2022

    Mayor Indya Kincannon presented her State of the City Address on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the site of the City's new Public Safety Complex. Read More

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    Community Hosts Activities for Youth Violence Prevention Week

    Posted: 04/21/2022

    Eight local organizations that received grant funding from the City of Knoxville Community Safety office are providing activities and opportunities to local youth during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 24-30, 2022.  Read More

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    Solar to Power Operations at Cal Johnson Rec Center

    Posted: 04/20/2022

    At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council voted to approve an agreement with Solar Alliance Southeast, LLC (SASE) to build and install solar panels on the roof of the Cal Johnson Recreation Center for a cost not to exceed $48,765.50.  Read More

  • Visit Knoxville Announces World's Fair 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

    Visit Knoxville Announces World's Fair 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

    Posted: 04/20/2022

    Visit Knoxville is pleased to announce a World’s Fair 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration to take place on May 21, 2022, from 10am – 9pm at World’s Fair Park. Read More

  • 61st Annual Dogwood Arts Festival Kicks Off April 22, 2022

    61st Annual Dogwood Arts Festival Kicks Off April 22, 2022

    Posted: 04/20/2022

    For over sixty years the Dogwood Arts Festival has been one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville. Read More

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    Police Advisory & Review Committee Meets April 28, 2022

    Posted: 04/19/2022

    The City of Knoxville Police Advisory & Review Committee (PARC) will meet Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 6 p.m. at Emerald Youth Foundation, Lonsdale Complex, to review cases received by KPD’s Internal Affairs Unit during the first three months of 2022. Read More

  • Ijams Nature Center Recognizes Contributions of Its Founding Family at Land Dedication April 28, 2022

    Ijams Nature Center Recognizes Contributions of Its Founding Family at Land Dedication April 28, 2022

    Posted: 04/19/2022

    When H.P. and Alice Ijams purchased 20 acres of land along the Tennessee River in 1910, they couldn’t have known their family would still be contributing to the legacy that would become the 318-acre nonprofit Ijams Nature Center more than a century later.  Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Sixth Annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Sixth Annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Posted: 04/18/2022

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will be hosting the sixth annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will kick off at Sam Duff Park and Mary Vestal Park.  Read More

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    Knox Sports Authority Meeting Set April 26, 2022

    Posted: 04/14/2022

    The Knox Sports Authority will meet in its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the City’s Public Works Service Center, 3131 Morris Ave.  Read More

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    Mayor's Council on Disability Issues Seeks New Members

    Posted: 04/12/2022

    The City of Knoxville seeks residents who have disabilities or particular experience with disability issues to apply to serve on the Mayor's Council on Disability Issues (CODI). The deadline for applications is Monday May 2, 2022.  Read More

  • Knox County 911 Once Again Awarded Reaccreditation

    Knox County 911 Once Again Awarded Reaccreditation

    Posted: 04/11/2022

    Knox County 911 was once again awarded full accreditation by the nationally-recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), an organization whose mission is to improve police and public safety services. Read More

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    City Offices Closed Friday, April 15

    Posted: 04/11/2022

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed on Friday, April 15, in recognition of Good Friday.  Read More

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    State of the City Address Set For April 22, 2022

    Posted: 04/11/2022

    Mayor Indya Kincannon will deliver her State of the City Address at noon Friday, April 22, at the site of the future Public Safety Complex, off Huron Street and Woodland Avenue in North Knoxville. Read More

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    West Hills' Debbie Smith Named Good Neighbor of the Year

    Posted: 04/04/2022

    West Hills neighbor Debbie Smith received the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award at the 2022 Neighborhood Conference, held Saturday at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event is produced by the City’s Office of Neighborhood Empowerment.  Read More

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    City Creating Greenways Ambassadors Program

    Posted: 04/04/2022

    Got a favorite City of Knoxville greenway? Willing to share your greenway enthusiasm with others? The City is creating a Greenways Ambassador program, which was announced Saturday at the 2022 Neighborhood Conference. Read More

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    Knoxville Smokies Baseball Team Takes Aim at Full Season in 2025

    Posted: 04/04/2022

    A spring 2025 date to start baseball in Knoxville in a new multi-purpose stadium is now likely because of global supply chain issues and a volatile construction market. The original date had been spring 2024. Read More

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    City Participates in Food Waste Awareness Week

    Posted: 03/31/2022

    The City of Knoxville Waste and Resources Management Office joins state and local partners to promote the community-wide reduction of food waste during Tennessee Food Waste Awareness Week, April 4-9, 2022.  Read More

  • KAT Schedules Public Meetings on Service Concepts, Launches Online Survey

    KAT Schedules Public Meetings on Service Concepts, Launches Online Survey

    Posted: 03/31/2022

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will be holding a series of public meetings to get public input on transit priorities. Read More

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    African American Equity Restoration Task Force Awarded First Grant

    Posted: 03/30/2022

    The African American Equity Restoration Task Force is marking notable progress since its inaugural meeting in September 2021, including receiving a $30,000 grant from the National League of Cities.  Read More

  • KAT Introduces New Partnership with Transit App

    KAT Introduces New Partnership with Transit App

    Posted: 03/28/2022

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Transit as the official mobility app for Knoxville.  Read More

  • KAT Seeks Public Response to Two Concepts for a New Transit Future

    KAT Seeks Public Response to Two Concepts for a New Transit Future

    Posted: 03/24/2022

    What should the future of public transit look like in Knoxville and what are our biggest community priorities for transit? Read More

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    Groundbreaking for First of Five New Dog Parks

    Posted: 03/18/2022

    Join Mayor Indya Kincannon, UT President and PetSafe founder Randy Boyd, other City officials and South Knoxville community members for a dog park groundbreaking ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022 at Sam Duff Memorial Park.  Read More

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    Data Available on Vehicles' 3-Foot Passings of Bicycles

    Posted: 03/16/2022

    Drivers are often apprehensive about how to safely pass people bicycling on the road in and around Knoxville. And bicyclists are wary of close passes by drivers – with good cause, as crashes resulting from close passes are very dangerous for people riding bicycles. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon to Hold Budget Hearings March 22-24

    Posted: 03/16/2022

    Mayor Indya Kincannon will hold public hearings with City department directors next week as she begins to prepare her 2022-23 budget. Read More

  • KAT Returns Some Routes to Regular Service and with Electric Vehicles

    KAT Returns Some Routes to Regular Service and with Electric Vehicles

    Posted: 03/14/2022

    Effective today, March 14th, 2022, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has returned several bus routes to regular service levels. Read More

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    Grant Funding Available for Summer Youth Programs

    Posted: 03/10/2022

    The City of Knoxville is helping young people at highest risk for violent crime access jobs and activities this summer through its Summer Opportunity Youth Grant.  Read More

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    Old City Momentum: Hotel Opening in 2023

    Posted: 03/09/2022

    Tuesday night, City Council authorized a 10-year Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax (PILOT) agreement in support of a $22 million 127-room hotel in the Old City, to be constructed between Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria and the site where a publicly-owned multi-use stadium will be built. Read More

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    March 23, 2022 Public Meeting Set on Proposed Papermill Drive Improvements

    Posted: 03/09/2022

    A public meeting has been scheduled to present the recommendations of the City’s Papermill Drive Corridor Study final concept plan and to gather input from residents regarding the corridor. Read More

  • KAT Will Return Some Routes to Regular Service

    KAT Will Return Some Routes to Regular Service

    Posted: 03/08/2022

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will return several bus routes to regular service levels on Monday, March 14, 2022.  Read More

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    TVA Funding Rec Center Tech Upgrades

    Posted: 03/07/2022

    A TVA initiative is helping the City of Knoxville’s Parks & Recreation Department apply data and innovative technologies at recreation centers and senior centers. Read More

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    Three Parades and a Marathon: Road Closures in March

    Posted: 03/03/2022

    Celebrations of dogs, Irish culture, New Orleans jazz and long-distance running being held this month in downtown Knoxville will temporarily affect the regular traffic patterns and on-street parking on some city streets.  Read More

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    Work to Close 2 Blocks of Cumberland Ave. Early Monday

    Posted: 02/28/2022

    Cumberland Avenue area motorists, anticipate a seven-hour closure of a two-block section of the westbound “Strip” as City crews make repairs to public infrastructure at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28. Read More

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    Community Safety Grant Funds Youth Opportunities

    Posted: 02/23/2022

    City Council approved $27,647.98 in funding for 10 local organizations to provide spring break opportunities for young people who are at risk of violence. During Knox County Schools’ Spring Break (March 14-18), grant-funded programs will engage young people ages 12 to 21 who are at highest risk of becoming victims of, or committing, violent crime due to past experiences, including involvement with the justice system or having an incarcerated parent.  Read More

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    Mayor Announces Revamped Employee Compensation Plan

    Posted: 02/18/2022

    On Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, Mayor Indya Kincannon announced a plan to make major updates to City employee compensation in order to address staffing and recruitment challenges that have strained critical City services.  Read More

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    African American Equity Restoration Task Force Hosts Open House - POSTPONED

    Posted: 02/16/2022

    The African American Equity Restoration Task Force will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-5 p.m. at Vine Magnet Middle School, to get feedback from community members regarding issues of equity and disparities experienced by Black residents.  Read More

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    Noise-Monitoring Camera Being Tested Downtown

    Posted: 02/14/2022

    Noise complaints are up: Downtown residents and business owners are tired of motorists with illegally modified vehicles, or those who choose to loudly rev their engines. So the City is taking the next step to remedy the problem by installing and trying out a mobile camera that captures data associated with distinct violations of the City’s vehicle noise ordinances. Read More

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    Neighborhood Safety and Awareness Meetings Begin Feb. 24, 2022

    Posted: 02/14/2022

    City departments engaged in public safety issues will meet with neighbors at the first Neighborhood Safety and Awareness meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. at Logan Temple AME Zion Church. Future series meetings will be held in–and focus on–North, West and South areas of the city.  Read More

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    Virtual Diversity Business Expo Presents Opportunities March 3, 2022

    Posted: 02/11/2022

    Representatives of minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and small businesses are invited to the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s Virtual Diversity Business Expo on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration closes Feb. 24.  Read More

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    Free Drive-In Screening of 'Black Panther' Set for Feb. 18

    Posted: 02/08/2022

    The City of Knoxville Community Empowerment Department will present a free, drive-in screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Midway at Chilhowee Park (located 3301 E. Magnolia Avenue, entrance on N. Beaman Street). Read More

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    Knoxville Compost Pilot Project Ready for Food Scraps

    Posted: 02/07/2022

    Knoxville residents and downtown restaurants can now drop off their food scraps to be composted through the Knoxville Compost Pilot Project.  Read More

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    New Sections of Sidewalk Coming to Fountain City Lake, Park

    Posted: 02/02/2022

    More City investments in the amenities at Fountain City Park are coming soon. Beginning the week of Feb. 7, look for new sections of sidewalk to be installed, starting on the Fountain Road and Broadway sides of Fountain City Lake. Read More

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    Nominate Neighborhoods for Achievement Awards

    Posted: 02/01/2022

    Neighborhood organizations are the force behind many improvement and beautification activities you see in Knoxville neighborhoods. Now is the time to nominate a neighborhood -- maybe your own -- for a 2022 Neighborhood Achievement Award. Read More

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    Housing and Neighborhood Development Hold Online Public Meeting Feb. 1, 2022

    Posted: 01/31/2022

    Each year, the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development department seeks public feedback on the City’s plan to spend federal dollars on local projects that support the revitalization of Knoxville's low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. This year’s meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Read More

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    Applications Open for Community Agency Grants

    Posted: 01/25/2022

    The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in applying for Community Agency Grant (CAG) funding for Fiscal Year 2022-23, which begins July 1, 2022. CAG funding has two categories: Arts and Culture and Community and Social Services. Read More

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    3 New Playgrounds to be Installed

    Posted: 01/24/2022

    Just in time for spring, look for new play structures coming to three City parks – Skyline, Fountain City and Inskip parks. Read More

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    African American Equity Restoration Task Force Release Meeting Schedule for First Quarter

    Posted: 01/20/2022

    The African American Equity Restoration Task Force has scheduled its first three meetings of 2022. Read More

  • Section of Neyland Greenway to Reopen Near Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Section of Neyland Greenway to Reopen Near Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Posted: 01/20/2022

    KUB and its contractor are in the final stages of completing repair work at the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant on Neyland Drive. Read More

  • KAT Receives Grants for Bus Stop Improvements, Electric Charging Infrastructure

    KAT Receives Grants for Bus Stop Improvements, Electric Charging Infrastructure

    Posted: 01/19/2022

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has received notification from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) of two project funding awards: a proposed Bus Stop Improvement Project has been funded, along with funding for electric charging infrastructure at Knoxville Station Transit Center. Read More

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    Police Advisory and Review Committee Meets Jan. 31, 2022

    Posted: 01/18/2022

    The City of Knoxville Police Advisory & Review Committee (PARC) will hold its 4th Quarter meeting on Monday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street.  Read More

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    City Offices Closed Monday for MLK Holiday

    Posted: 01/14/2022

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  Read More

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    Nominations Open for Annual Good Neighbor Award

    Posted: 01/13/2022

    The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment is now accepting nominations for its annual Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award recognizes residents who make a real difference in their neighborhoods.  Read More

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    City Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 17 for MLK Jr. Holiday

    Posted: 01/13/2022

    Mayor Indya Kincannon, City Council representatives and City staff will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission’s Memorial March Parade. Read More

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    Applications Open for Community Safety Grant Programs

    Posted: 01/11/2022

    Local organizations working to interrupt violence in Knoxville are invited to apply for grant funding now available through the City of Knoxville Office of Community Safety.  Read More

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    Know of a City Street Where Speeding is a Problem?

    Posted: 01/10/2022

    Installing traffic-calming devices, such as speed humps, on small residential streets is popular with many City residents.  Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful Welcomes New Executive Director

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful Welcomes New Executive Director

    Posted: 01/10/2022

    Khann Chov will be joining Keep Knoxville Beautiful as Executive Director on January 14, 2022. Read More

  • Ijams River Rescue Needs Volunteer Site Captains for Annual Cleanup

    Ijams River Rescue Needs Volunteer Site Captains for Annual Cleanup March 12

    Posted: 01/07/2022

    Ijams Nature Center is looking for volunteer site captains for its 33rd annual Ijams River Rescue on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read More

  • Potential Inclement Weather Makes KAT Snow Routes Likely for Later Today

    Potential Inclement Weather Makes KAT Snow Routes Likely for Later Today

    Posted: 01/06/2022

    Current weather predictions for Knoxville indicate that it is likely that Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will be moving to Snow Routes later on this afternoon (January 6, 2022), with the possibility of Severe Routes later in the evening or at the start of the day on Friday, January 7th, 2022. Read More

  • TDOT Ready for Winter Weather

    TDOT Ready for Winter Weather

    Posted: 01/05/2022

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) assures motorists it is stocked and ready to clear state routes and interstates of ice and snow. Read More

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    Community Engagement Committee Meeting Jan. 5, 2022

    Posted: 01/04/2022

    The Community Engagement Committee of the African American Equity Restoration Task Force will meet Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Bottom located at 2340 East Magnolia Ave. Read More

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    Public Input Meetings Scheduled on Hiring New KPD Chief

    Posted: 01/03/2022

    The City of Knoxville is holding five community listening sessions to gather input to help guide the search for the next KPD Chief.  Read More