Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory

Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory – Vol. 8, No. 6 – Wednesday, February 18, 2015


  1. City Posts Links for Winter Storm Information


The Neighborhood Conference

  1. Just 14 Days Left to Register
  2. Parade of Neighborhoods
  3. Booths and Workshops Offer Information, Ideas, and Contacts
  4. Door Prizes, Tee Shirts, Free Admission, Free Food…Oh my!
  5. Smart Home Technologies Joins Sponsors


Other News & Events

  1. Build a “Little Free Library” at Saturday Workshop
  2. CTV Seeks Ideas, Interest in Audio Programs for Neighborhoods
  3. South Knox Group offers SOUP Dinners for Worthy Causes
  4. Neighborhood and Government Calendar


Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods to report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods. Deadline for news & calendar items: 5 p.m. Mondays.


  1. City Posts Links for Winter Storm Information


The City of Knoxville has posted more than a dozen “winter storm” resources on its web site at Resources include the city’s snow plan — which lists the priorities for streets that get treated with brine and salt ahead of and during snow and ice events — as well as the Red Cross, local media and KUB outage tips.



  1. Just 14 Days Left to Register


You and your neighbors have just 14 more days to register for The Neighborhood Conference, to be held Saturday, March 7, at the Knoxville Convention Center downtown.


Online registration ends at noon Tuesday, March 3. Registrations must be in hand by that date and time to guarantee your free box lunch. Early bird registration also ensures that you get into the workshops you want.


Neighborhood organizations in Knoxville, Farragut and Knox County are urged to bring as many people as possible to this conference — to make sure you cover the wealth of information, ideas and contacts at your disposal in a single day. But each person needs to register!


See to download the conference brochure and follow the link to online registration. Or call 215-2113 to have a hard copy of the program and registration form mailed to you.



  1. Parade of Neighborhoods


Over 60 city and county neighborhoods are represented by the 182 individuals who have registered to date for The Neighborhood Conference, to be held Saturday, March 7, at the Knoxville Convention Center.


Make sure your neighborhood and/or neighborhood organization is represented at the conference and takes advantage of the workshops, information booths and networking opportunities the conference provides. Register today!


Here is a list of the neighborhoods registered so far:


Alice Bell/Spring Hill, Alpine Meadow, Bearden, Boright, Broadacres, Cagle Terrace, Cumberland Estates, Crest Haven, Crestwood Hills, Dandridge Avenue, Delrose Drive, Downtown, East Knoxville, Eastport/Lee Williams, Edgewood Park, Five Points, Forest Heights, Fort Sanders, Fountain City, Fourth & Gill, Gibbs Drive, Glenview, Havenwoods, Heron’s Pointe, Inskip, Island Home, Island Home Park, Karns, Kingston Pike, Kirkwood,


Lake Forest, Lindbergh Forest, Lonas Drive, Love Towers, Lyons Crossing, Marble City, Martha Washington Heights, Murray Drive/Wilkerson Road, Norwood, Oakwood Lincoln Park, Old North Knoxville, Old Sevier, Parkridge, Pemmbrooke Place, Riverbend Peninsula,


Rocky Hill, Rotherwood, Sevier Heights, Shalimar Pointe, Silverleaf, South Knoxville, South Woodlawn, South-Doyle, Statesview, Sterchi Hills, Suburban Hills, Sutherland Heights, Tatewood, The Woodlands, Vestal, Village Green, Wesley, West Forest. West Hills, Westborough, Westridge, Westwood, and Whittle Springs.



  1. Booths and Workshops Offer Information, Ideas, and Contacts


Over 80 organizations will have information booths at The Neighborhood Conference on Saturday March 7, and many of them dovetail nicely with the 32 workshops the conference has to offer.


For example, a workshop offering tips on how to reduce your KUB bill will be supplemented by information booths from KUB itself, eScore (the TVA program that offers rebates for weatherization projects), and Knoxville Scores with Energy.


If disaster preparedness is among your top concerns, you will want to see the booths set up by the Red Cross, our local Emergency Management Agency, the Knoxville Fire Department, Knox County Health Department, and the Disaster Relief office of the Knox County Association of Baptists. Disaster preparedness and response is the subject of a workshop where you can learn how your family can be better prepared for emergencies.


Tips on how to help neighbors in need will be addressed not only by a workshop on that subject but also by booths set up by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, At Risk Intervention, CAC Office on Aging, Camelot Family Counseling, the disABILITY Resource Center, and Purple Cities Alliance, among others.


Five workshops will cover youth and youth issues, along with community schools and issues involving Knox County Schools. Neighborhood groups and others have an opportunity to learn about programs offered by youth service organizations such as AYSO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach, the Boy Scouts, and the Joy of Music School, all of which will have booths at the conference.


Law enforcement, crime prevention and related issues will be covered not only by the booths offered by our law enforcement agencies but also by the “fighting crime” workshop and a session with the top law enforcement officials in the community: Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch, Knox County Sheriff JJ Jones, and District Attorney General Charme Allen.


The Food Policy Council will offer information from its booth, while a workshop will cover community gardens, urban agriculture and food access (food deserts).


For the full list of all booths and workshops, see the Conference Brochure  and then register online — or call 215-2113 to have these documents mailed to you.



  1. Door Prizes, Tee Shirts, Free Admission, Free Food…Oh my!


If you’re looking for a conference that has a whole lot to offer in addition to a terrific schedule of workshops and lineup of information booths, The Neighborhood Conference is the place to be.


Door Prizes:  Thanks to the donations of businesses, neighborhoods and nonprofits, the conference is giving away door prizes at the end of the day (starting at 3 p.m.) in a transparent effort to encourage everyone to stay for the entire day. For each session you attend and for which you complete a session evaluation form, you get one raffle ticket. If your organization or business would like to donate a door prize, please call 215-2113.


Tee Shirt Challenge:  Awards will be made to both city and county neighborhood organizations for the best silk screen tee shirt and the best homemade tee shirt. Shirts will be judged on creativity communicating neighborhood pride and/or promoting the neighborhood.


Free Admission and Free Food:  There is no admission fee to participate in the conference. A continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided free of charge to everyone who registers by noon Tuesday, March 3. You can still attend the conference just by showing up on March 7, but you will not receive the free lunch.


Conference Tee Shirt:  The Office of Neighborhoods will gladly accept donations to help support this conference. In return, donors of $15 or more will receive the conference tee shirt designed by an art student at Hardin Valley Academy. You can reserve a tee shirt in your size when you register for the conference.


Neighborhood Photos:  A slide show of neighborhood photographs will be shown throughout the conference. Send your digital photos to with “photo” in the subject line. Be sure to include the name of the neighborhood and the event title, along with a phone number. Or call Travis Nissen at 215-3077. The deadline is March 1.



  1. Smart Home Technologies Joins Conference Sponsors


Smart Home Technologies — a home security company — has joined The Neighborhood Conference as a bronze sponsor, bringing to 14 the number of corporate donors to the effort to boost the residential neighborhoods of Knoxville and Knox County.


The primary sponsors for this conference are platinum sponsors Waste Connections and Home Federal Bank, followed by gold sponsorTennova Healthcare.


Silver sponsors are Cannon & Cannon Consulting Engineers, the realty company Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, Knoxville News Sentinel, Prestige Cleaners, UT Federal Credit Union, and the engineering firm Vaughn & Melton. First Tennessee Bank and Knox REIA are also bronze sponsors.


The Office of Neighborhoods appreciates the support of these companies. Please thank them if you get the chance.



  1. Build a “Little Free Library” at Saturday Workshop


A1LabArts, a local nonprofit, will offer a workshop this coming Saturday, Feb. 21, to help participants build a “little free library” — a small box that can be placed in your neighborhood to encourage an exchange of books and interaction among neighbors.


The $50 fee includes all supplies and instructions needed to install the box in your neighborhood. This fee can cover a single individual, a family or a small group of neighbors who wish to participate. The workshop will be held at the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a lunch break.


RSVP to See and for more information.


This idea will be featured at The Neighborhood Conference in a “Creative Place Making” workshop that will feature a half dozen projects in which neighborhood groups and others have transformed public spaces to create greater human interaction.



  1. CTV Seeks Ideas, Interest in Audio Programs for Neighborhoods


Neighborhoods: Get ready for a new way to tell your stories, air your issues, record your history, and raise your profile.


CTV, the community television station for Knoxville and Knox County, is poised to launch a new digital audio channel featuring a mix of programming that is under-represented on television or radio.


The mix includes storytelling (e.g., a grandson interviewing his grandfather about times gone by), multi-cultural issues and vignettes, panel discussions, news reports, features on city or county government, education, community affairs, and more.


Part of the mix would focus on neighborhoods, including neighborhood biographies.

“We are interested in creating collaborations that will result in a collection of audio files shedding light on the unique history, characteristics and issues of our Knoxville neighborhoods,” noted David Vogel, CTV’s general manager.


“We are looking for current and former residents who would enjoy talking about how their neighborhood ‘used to be’, as well as how it is now,” Vogel continued. “We are interested in establishing protocols to encourage neighborhood associations and residents to share audio recordings, current discussions pertaining to important issues of the day, and other special neighborhood events.”


CTV will encourage individuals and organizations to submit the digital audio recordings, which would then be presented on the Internet on a particular day and time… and then be archived on the web site.


Anyone interested in pursuing the idea should contact CTV’s Kevin Jeske at or 215-8848. And look for the CTV booth at the March 7 Neighborhood Conference.


In addition to the new audio channel, CTV offers community-based video programming and airs and archives many public meetings, including City Council and County Commission. It airs on Comcast 12, Charter 6, Knology 6, and AT&T 99.



  1. South Knox Group offers SOUP Dinners for Worthy Causes


The South Knoxville Alliance (SKA) is launching Knoxville SOUP, a new method of crowd-sourcing funds for worthy causes and socially conscious business start-ups.


Rather than calling on donors to contribute to a cause with the click of a mouse, Knoxville SOUP will bring citizens together to share a meal, hear from candidates, and then vote on which project gets funded from the $5 donations at the door.


Debra Bradshaw, chair of SKA, is championing this concept, which she is basing on Detroit SOUP. To get an idea of how it works, see and this video:


“There is no limit to what the dinners can accomplish for the community,” Bradshaw stated. “The only limits are what the community can envision, present and garner votes for!”


The very first dinner will take place on Saturday, March 14. SKA will accept proposals until 11:59 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Four proposals will be selected to make brief presentations at the dinner, address any questions, and then stand for a vote from the attendees.


In addition, SKA is looking for a location for the April dinner and is seeking donations for the food so that the $5 fee can be applied solely to the winning project.


For details, see, which is part of the SKA web site, or contact Debra Bradshaw at (865) 405-0733



  1. Neighborhood and Government Calendar


Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 215-3456.


Visit for a complete list of meetings of various city boards and commissions. See the Community Events Calendar:


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to attend a City of Knoxville public meeting, please contact Stephanie Brewer Cook at or 215-2034 no less than 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend.


Thursday, February 19 — Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. Meeting – 8 a.m.

East Knoxville Business & Professional Association (Third Thursdays)

Open to Neighborhood Residents and Leaders

Meeting location varies

Doug Minter,, Knoxville Chamber, 637-4550


Thursday, February 198:30 a.m.

Historic Zoning Commission (Third Thursdays)

Kaye Graybeal, 215-3795,


Thursday, February 1912 p.m.

KUB Board of Commissioners (Third Thursdays, except July)

Historic Miller’s Building, 445 S. Gay St.

See Click on “About Us” at top of the page.


Thursday, February 194 p.m.

City Board of Zoning Appeals (Third Thursdays)

Small Assembly Room, City County Building

Pre-Agenda Meeting: 3 p.m. in Room 511


Thursday, February 197 p.m.

Old Sevier Community Group

(Third Thursdays, January-November)

South Knoxville Elementary School Library, 801 Sevier Avenue

Gary Deitsch, 573-7355,


Saturday, February 2110 a.m.

South Haven Neighborhood Association (Third Saturdays)

Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave.

Pat Harmon, 591-3958


Monday, February 231:45 p.m. (zoning at 5 p.m.)

Knox County Commission

(Fourth Mondays, January-October. Third Mondays, November-December)

Agenda: Click on “Information” and then “Commission Agendas”

Public Forum held at beginning & ending of meeting

Zoning Issues heard starting at 5 p.m.

Pat Harmon, 591-3958


Tuesday, February 24 — 6 p.m.

Inskip Community Association (Asociación de la Comunidad de Inskip)

Community Meeting (Fourth Tuesdays)

Inskip Baptist Church, 4810 Rowan Rd.

Betty Jo Mahan, 679-2748,


Tuesday, February 246:30 p.m.

Chilhowee Park Neighborhood Association (Last Tuesdays)

Administration Building, Knoxville Zoo

Paul Ruff, 696-6584


Thursday, February 269 a.m.

Special Events Community Meeting (Fourth Thursdays, January-October)

“Meet with city services that may assist in planning your event.”

Civic Coliseum Ballroom, Third Floor

Free Parking available at Civic Coliseum Parking Garage

Office of Special Events, 215-4248


Thursday, February 263:30 p.m.

Better Building Board

(Last Thursday, January-October. First Thursday, December)

Small Assembly Room, City-County Building


Cheri Hollifield, 215-2119,


Friday, February 279:30 a.m.

Public Officer Hearing – Neighborhood Codes Enforcement

(Usually held on the Friday following Better Building Board meetings)

The PO considers action on violations of city’s building codes.

Small Assembly Room, City County Building


Cheri Hollifield, 215-2119,


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