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Below you will find the latest news and press releases from the City of Knoxville.
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    2021-22 Budget Proposal Includes $1.5M for Critically Needed Permanent Supportive Housing

    Posted: 05/06/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon’s proposed 2021-22 City Budget includes $1.5 million in local funds to support the development of one of the community’s most needed types of housing: permanent supportive housing.  Read More

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    Mayor's Youth Council Forms with 17 Members

    Posted: 05/05/2021

    The City of Knoxville’s inaugural Mayor’s Youth Council consists of 17 young people who share a desire to be more involved with local government and decision making. Read More

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    East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Program Launched

    Posted: 05/05/2021

    KPD Chief of Police Eve Thomas and City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon formally announced the launch of the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Program during a press conference at the Public Safety Building on Wednesday, May 5. Read More

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    Parks and Rec Taking Applications for Challenge Grants

    Posted: 05/03/2021

    The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for its 2021 Challenge Grant Program, which awards grants up to $2,500 to qualifying nonprofit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities located within City limits. Read More

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    Kincannon Budget Supports KAT's Transition to Electric Buses

    Posted: 04/30/2021

    Knoxville Area Transit hopes to have its entire 71-bus fleet running on electricity in about eight years. Read More

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    Kincannon Budget Commits $50M to Affordable Housing

    Posted: 04/29/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon’s proposed 2021-22 budget continues and builds on the City’s major investment in affordable housing to support Knoxville’s extremely low-, low- and moderate-income households and reduce the number of residents experiencing homelessness.  Read More

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    Kincannon Budget: Funding Committed to Fight Climate Change, Promote Resiliency

    Posted: 04/28/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon’s proposed budget reflects feedback from the Mayor’s Climate Council on the importance of transportation electrification. Her budget for next year funds KAT’s continuing transition to all-electric buses, doubles the number of City-owned public charging stations for electric vehicles, and installs charging banks at City facilities to allow more electric cars to be integrated into the City fleet. Read More

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    Seniors Invited to Get Active, Creative at Caswell Park

    Posted: 04/28/2021

    The City’s Office of Special Events is offering senior adults a new way to get active and creative in the City’s parks during the month of May. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon Unveils Proposed Budget

    Posted: 04/27/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon today proposed her 2021-22 budget, which invests in the core, high-quality services residents expect, supports local partnerships to address tough challenges, and commits to continued progress to advance priorities like public safety and affordable housing. Read More

  • Partnership Makes Knoxville No. 1 in Southeast for Solar

    Partnership Makes Knoxville No. 1 in Southeast for Solar

    Posted: 04/27/2021

    Knoxville is now the No. 1 city in the Southeast and one of the top cities in the nation for solar power investment, thanks to the Knoxville Utilities Board and Tennessee Valley Authority. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Saddened to Announce Death of Wanto Gorilla

    Zoo Knoxville Saddened to Announce Death of Wanto Gorilla

    Posted: 04/23/2021

    Zoo Knoxville is saddened to announce the death of Wanto, a 44-year-old Western lowland gorilla.  Read More

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    City Staff to Present Draft Plan on Use of Federal Housing Funds

    Posted: 04/22/2021

    Residents have two opportunities next week to hear City staff present the draft plan of how they propose to use federal funds to meet local housing and community development needs in the program year beginning July 1, 2021.  Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Third Creek Cleanup

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Third Creek Cleanup

    Posted: 04/22/2021

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will be hosting its first Third Creek Clean Paddle on May 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will kick off at the UT Gardens, 2518 Jacob Drive. Read More

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    Mayors Jointly Recommend 7 Appointees to Serve on Sports Authority

    Posted: 04/15/2021

    Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs are jointly recommending seven individuals to serve on a new Sports Authority, which will be tasked with doing a deep study of a proposed publicly-owned sports and entertainment stadium and will finance, build and manage the stadium if the proposal moves forward. Read More

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    Brooks Appointed Executive Director of Knoxville-Knox County Planning

    Posted: 04/09/2021

    Amy Brooks has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Knoxville-Knox County Planning by Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host a Trash Run for Earth Day

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host a Trash Run for Earth Day

    Posted: 04/08/2021

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its spring Trash Run on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6-7 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day.  Read More

  • Machi Gorilla Moves to Zoo Atlanta for Specialized Geriatric Care

    Machi Gorilla Moves to Zoo Atlanta for Specialized Geriatric Care

    Posted: 04/02/2021

    Machi, a Western lowland gorilla who has lived at Zoo Knoxville since 2013, returned to Zoo Atlanta on Monday, March 29, 2021, to join their group of senior gorillas in a home designed to meet the needs of aging primates and their specialized care.  Read More

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    Monthly Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Set for April 10, 2021

    Posted: 04/01/2021

    The Knoxville Police Department will host its monthly Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Phil E. Keith Training Center located at 6388 Cement Plant Road in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Read More

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

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Fifth Annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Posted: 04/01/2021

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will be hosting the fifth annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will kick off at from Sam Duff Park and Mary Vestal Park.  Read More

  • KUB Encourages Everyone to Dig Safely

    KUB Encourages Everyone to Dig Safely

    Posted: 04/01/2021

    April is safe digging month, and KUB reminds excavators that safe digging is important to our community.  Read More

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    Drive-In at the Midway Screening Cancelled

    Posted: 03/31/2021

    Due to flooding in and around Chilhowee Park and expected below-freezing temperatures, organizers have decided to cancel the free screening of “Hop” that was planned for Thursday, April 1, as part of Drive-In at the Midway. Read More

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    City Offices Closed on Friday, April 2, 2021

    Posted: 03/30/2021

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, including the 311 Center for Service Innovation, which operates the 311 and 211 phone lines. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon, Rhea Carmon Launch Poetry in Motion April 1, 2021

    Posted: 03/29/2021

    Throughout the month of April, the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will mark National Poetry Month with Poetry in Motion, a project bringing poetry to the people led by City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon.  Read More

  • Interstate Construction Halted for Easter Holiday

    Interstate Construction Halted for Easter Holiday

    Posted: 03/29/2021

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel. Read More

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    Avoid Waits in Line: Drop Off Solid Waste Early or After Noon

    Posted: 03/26/2021

    It’s as predictable as spring cleaning and seasonal home fix-ups: With warmer weather, more people are bringing their old appliances, demolition debris, shingles and back-of-the-closet junk to the City’s Transfer Station at the Solid Waste Facility, 1033 Elm St. Read More

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    New Greenway to Connect East Knoxville Parks, Botanical Garden

    Posted: 03/25/2021

    Design work will soon begin on a new 2-mile greenway in East Knoxville that will connect Harriet Tubman Park with the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Read More

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    Parks and Rec Poses Outdoor Recreation Challenge to Residents

    Posted: 03/25/2021

    The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department is challenging residents to take part in 50 to 100 hours of outdoor activities and track their progress using new coloring sheets.  Read More

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    Sidewalks to be Constructed Near South Waterfront

    Posted: 03/24/2021

    By the end of the year, new sidewalks will be constructed on sections of Waterfront Drive, Langford Avenue, Dixie Street and Empire Street – a $733,263 project that also will add new streetlights and drainage, curb and utility upgrades in the area near Suttree Landing Park on the South Waterfront. Read More

  • KUB Partial Closure of Neyland Greenway

    KUB Partial Closure of Neyland Greenway

    Posted: 03/18/2021

    KUB has closed the section of Neyland Greenway between Third Creek and Lake Loudoun Boulevard (see attached map) until further notice for wastewater system work at the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read More

  • Chapman Highway Lane Closure March 19, 2021

    Chapman Highway Lane Closure March 19, 2021

    Posted: 03/18/2021

    KUB crews will close a short section of the curbside, northbound lane of Chapman Highway between Fronda Lane and Busbee Road from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, March 19, as work is performed on the wastewater collection system in the area. Read More

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    Mayor's Budget Hearings Scheduled for March 23-25, 2021

    Posted: 03/17/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon will hold public hearings with City department directors next week as she begins to prepare her 2021-22 budget. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Saddened to Announce the Death of Wiley Zebra

    Zoo Knoxville Saddened to Announce the Death of Wiley Zebra

    Posted: 03/17/2021

    Zoo Knoxville is saddened to announce the death of Wiley, a 5-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra, due to injuries she sustained after colliding with a fence this morning. Read More

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    Mayor Kincannon Lauds Appointees for their Volunteer Service

    Posted: 03/12/2021

    Since taking office in December 2019, Mayor Indya Kincannon has appointed 114 community leaders and people with specialized expertise to serve on boards, commissions and committees. Read More

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    City Launches New 'My Knoxville' Mobile App

    Posted: 03/11/2021

    As part of National 3-1-1 Day, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and other City leaders unveiled a new citywide app. The My Knoxville app is free and available for both Apple and Android devices and is designed to help users navigate City of Knoxville services more efficiently. Read More

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    Drive-In at the Midway Returns with Springtime Movies

    Posted: 03/10/2021

    The City of Knoxville and the Knox County Public Library will present two free movie screenings in a spring edition of Drive-In at the Midway at Chilhowee Park on March 26 and April 1. Read More

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    City Crews Resume Brush Collection

    Posted: 03/05/2021

    The temperatures will be in the 50s this weekend – perfect for tidying up the flower beds around your house. This week also marked the City’s return to bi-weekly brush pickup. Through October, a Public Service Department crew will pick up leaves, grass clippings and brush that’s set alongside the street or curb at least once every other week. Read More

  • Voters Will Choose Name of Zoo Knoxville's Baby Giraffe

    Voters Will Choose Name of Zoo Knoxville's Baby Giraffe

    Posted: 03/05/2021

    Zoo Knoxville is asking the community to christen him by making a donation of a dollar per vote for their favorite name. The funds raised will support the care of the zoo’s giraffe herd and the zoo’s mission to save giraffe from extinction as part of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a collaborative effort of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in North America.  Read More

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    Knoxville Earns Tree Cities of the World Recognition

    Posted: 03/04/2021

    Knoxville is one of just 38 U.S. cities – and one of 120 worldwide, from 63 countries – to earn Tree Cities of the World recognition. Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint to Resume by Appointment Only on March 13, 2021

    Posted: 03/02/2021

    The Knoxville Police Department will resume its monthly Child Safety Seat Checkpoints this month, hosting the next event on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 917 E. 5th Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. Read More

  • Almost 300 Volunteers Expected for the 3rd Annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Almost 300 Volunteers Expected for the 3rd Annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Posted: 03/01/2021

    Saturday, March 6, 2021, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its 3rd annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup from 9am-12pm. Cleanups will take place throughout North Knoxville. Read More

  • Winners of the 39th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Winners of the 39th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Posted: 02/26/2021

    Throughout February, Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards online through Facebook. Read More

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    City Investing $1.6 M to Build Old Broadway Sidewalks

    Posted: 02/24/2021

    The City is building or improving 3,800 linear feet of sidewalk on Old Broadway – a $1.6 million investment that will provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe detour around the dense traffic hub where Broadway and Interstate 640 intersect. Read More

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    City Chatbot Available in Spanish Starting on National 211 Day

    Posted: 02/10/2021

    To mark National 211 Day on Thursday, Feb. 11, the City’s 311 Center for Service Innovation will reveal a Spanish-language option for its online chatbot. Read More

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    Registration Open for Virtual 2021 Neighborhood Conference

    Posted: 02/09/2021

    The 2021 Neighborhood Conference will be held virtually via the Knoxville Convention Center’s online conference platform on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free, but participants must register in advance at KnoxvilleTN.gov/conference.  Read More

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    Diversity Business Expo to be Held Online March 4

    Posted: 02/04/2021

    The City of Knoxville, with fellow members of the East Tennessee Purchasing Association, will host the Diversity Business Expo on Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. via the Lunchpool online conference platform.  Read More

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    Applications Now Open for Community Development Grants

    Posted: 02/02/2021

    Nonprofit agencies that serve Knoxville residents’ community development needs can apply for funding from grant programs managed by the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department. Application forms are on the City’s website at KnoxvilleTN.gov/Development under “Current Grant Opportunities.” Completed applications are due Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at noon. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Third Annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host Third Annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Posted: 02/02/2021

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will be hosting the third annual North Knoxville Community Cleanup on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will kick off at Edgewood Park, 3109 Ocoee Trail.  Read More

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    Freedom Pass Offers Free Transit to All Knox County Students

    Posted: 01/29/2021

    Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon today announced a new pilot program that will allow all Knox County students, through high school, to ride Knoxville Area Transit buses at no charge. Read More

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    Magnolia Ave. Streetscape Extension Moves Forward

    Posted: 01/27/2021

    The Magnolia Avenue streetscape project is being extended eastward by another 1,265 feet – and this time, for Phase 3, the work will be mostly federally funded. Read More

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    Now Accepting Applications for Community Agency Grants

    Posted: 01/27/2021

    The City of Knoxville is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in applying for Community Agency Grant (CAG) funding for Fiscal Year 2021-22, which begins July 1, 2021.  Read More

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    Public Meeting Set on Inskip Affordable Housing

    Posted: 01/26/2021

    A 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, public meeting has been scheduled to discuss a proposal to building affordable housing apartment buildings in Inskip. Read More

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    Police Advisory & Review Committee to Meet Jan. 28

    Posted: 01/21/2021

    The City of Knoxville Police Advisory & Review Committee (PARC) will hold its 4th Quarter meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. via the Zoom online platform. Read More

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    Six Groups Receive $19,500 in Neighborhood Small Grants

    Posted: 01/15/2021

    Six neighborhood organizations will receive a total of $19,500 through the City’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program to support their community-building activities. The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment manages the program, which is designed to strengthen City neighborhoods by supporting neighborhood-led initiatives through financial and technical assistance. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2021 Orchid Awards

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2021 Orchid Awards

    Posted: 01/14/2021

    Throughout the month of February, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards, honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art.  Read More

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    City to Create Tree Mitigation Bank

    Posted: 01/13/2021

    The City has a new ordinance in place to assure that, without exception, every property development – even a downtown high-rise – will green up the surrounding neighborhood. Read More

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    Nominate a Good Neighbor for Annual Award

    Posted: 01/12/2021

    The City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhood Empowerment wants to hear about Knoxville residents who have found creative ways to support and connect their neighbors during a year distinguished by cancelled plans and physical distancing. Read More

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    City Maintains High Credit Ratings

    Posted: 01/12/2021

    Two independent financial rating services have reaffirmed the City of Knoxville’s credit ratings, which remain at the highest (best) level in the City’s history. Read More

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    Residential Parking Pilot Program Begins on Phillips Ave.

    Posted: 01/11/2021

    A first-of-its-kind residential neighborhood parking pilot program is underway along a three-block section of a South Knoxville street. Read More

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    Kyndra Brewer Appointed Special Events Director

    Posted: 01/08/2021

    Mayor Indya Kincannon has appointed Kyndra Brewer as Director of the City’s Office of Special Events.  Read More

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    Housing and Neighborhood Development Meeting Set for Jan. 14, 2021

    Posted: 01/07/2021

    The City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Read More

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    COVID-19 Memorial Unveiled

    Posted: 01/04/2021

    On Dec. 30, 2020, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs held a brief, private ceremony unveiling a COVID-19 memorial on the front lawn of the City County Building.  Read More