Neighborhood Advisory

Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory – Vol. 7, No. 42 – Friday, December 12, 2014


  1. One More Newsletter This Year
  2. Booth Registration Opens for Neighborhood Conference
  3. Tour de Lights Will Roll December 19
  4. City Council Postpones Consideration of Sign Ordinance
  5. 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: 9 a.m. Friday


  1. One More Newsletter This Year


This Neighborhood Advisory will publish its last issue of the year next Friday, Dec. 19. Please submit your neighborhood news and topic ideas by close of business onThursday, Dec. 18.


  1. Booth Registration Opens for Neighborhood Conference


Registration is now open for organizations wishing to have an information booth at The Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Knoxville Convention Center.


Priority will be given to city and county governmental agencies, youth and youth service organizations, nonprofits that had a booth at the 2013 conference, and conference sponsors. However, it is anticipated that booth space will be available for other nonprofits on a first-registered, first-served basis. (Because booth space may be limited, registration does not guarantee a booth.)


The deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Register here:


Booth space is free to governmental agencies and nonprofits. See Information Booth Details for electrical and Wi-Fi connections, booth table size and decoration, limitations on serving food and beverages, and other details.


“Information booths are an extremely important part of this conference,” noted Griff Ashooh of the Office of Neighborhoods. “For this reason, the schedule for the day allows a full half-hour between sessions to give attendees ample time to visit booths where they can gain valuable information and contacts.”


The 2015 conference is expected to be larger than the 2013 conference, which attracted some 500 participants. There will be 33 workshops on a wide variety of topics, including several that will involve youth and a focus on youth issues. Other features include door prizes, a neighborhood tee shirt contest, entertainment, and the opportunity to meet other neighborhood advocates as well as city and county elected officials.


For more, or to receive hard copies of the forms mentioned here, contact Griff Ashooh, Office of Neighborhoods, at 215-3456 or


Meanwhile, the Office of Neighborhoods is still seeking volunteers to help make the conference a success. Visit and fill out the short application. Or contact Debbie Sharp, assistant neighborhood coordinator, at 215-4382 or



  1. Tour de Lights Will Roll December 19


The 8th Annual Tour de Lights — set for Friday evening, Dec. 19 — will cover a 5-mile route from Market Square to Gay Street to Emory Place and then through the Fourth & Gill and Old North neighborhoods, before returning back to downtown.


All ages and skill levels are welcome on the easy-paced ride. Residents and others not participating in the parade are encouraged to wave, cheer and sing to passing riders.  Some 700 riders participated last year.


Prizes will be awarded for best decorated person, best decorated bicycle and best decorated helmet. Judging starts at 6 p.m. Free bike safety checks will be offered from 6 p.m. until the ride starts at 7 p.m. Helmets are required, along with a white front light and red rear reflector. Riders are urged to read the bike safety rules and tips for riding with a large group.


Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided by Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market. Check out photographs from previous rides as well as the Facebook page.


Tour de Lights is presented by the City of Knoxville and managed by the Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program, housed within the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization.



  1. City Council Postpones Consideration of Sign Ordinance


Knoxville City Council this week took up the sign ordinance recommendation that the Metropolitan Planning Commission adopted at MPC’s November meeting.


However, rather than following the MPC recommendation to hire a consultant to finish developing proposed revisions to the sign ordinance, City Council postponed the matter until its February 17 meeting, for the express purpose of giving the Sign Ordinance Task Force an opportunity to meet again.


MPC made no specific recommendation regarding a number of unresolved issues and competing or overlapping proposals offered by the Task Force as well as MPC staff. See for a run-down of these various proposals.


City Councilman Duane Grieve said the Sign Ordinance Task Force will meet from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, in hopes of being able to present a set of revisions to City Council at a later date. Under that scenario, it is unlikely that a consultant will be needed.



  1. Neighborhood and Government Calendar


Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 215-3232.


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 public meeting, please contact Stephanie Brewer Cook at 215-2034 or no less than 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend.


Saturday, December 13 — 4:30-8 p.m.

Candoro Arts & Heritage Holiday Open House Celebration

Come celebrate with Candoro in a Charles Barber designed building

4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

Trudy Monaco, 384-1273


Sunday, December 14 — 2 p.m.

Historic Sutherland Heights Neighborhood Association

(Second Sundays, even-numbered months)

Marble City Baptist Church, 2740 Sutherland Avenue

Marlene Taylor, 951-3773,


Monday, December 151:45 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


Monday, December 15 — 6:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting and Tour of the Historic Mabry Hazen House

City People

Seating is limited.

If you are not on the Evite list and you plan to attend, you must RSVP


Monday, December 157 p.m.

Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization

Board Meeting (Third Mondays except January)

“Birdhouse”/Fourth & Gill Center, 800 North Fourth Avenue

Liz Upchurch, 898-1809,


Monday, December 157 p.m.

West Hills Community Association (Third Mondays)

Executive Committee: January, March, April, July, August, September, November, December

General Meeting: February, May and October

First Church of the Nazarene, 538 Vanosdale Rd.

Ashley Williams, 313-0282


Tuesday, December 16 — 5-7 p.m.

Five Points Up Winter Wonderland

Live choir, dance performances, treats, holiday lights

Dr. Walter Hardy Park, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Five Points Up (a community group based in East Knoxville)

Sarah Bounse, 865-215-5187,


Tuesday, December 166 p.m.

Delrose Drive Neighborhood Watch (Third Tuesdays)

Riverview Baptist Church, 3618 Delrose Dr.
Corina and John Buffalow, 523-0102


Tuesday, December 16 — 6-7 p.m.

Norwood Neighborhood Watch6 p.m.

Norwood Homeowners Association7 p.m.

Monthly on a Tuesday: Dec. 16

New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1705 Merchants Road

Lynn Redmon, 688-3136


Tuesday, December 16 — 6:30 p.m.

Boright Area Neighborhood Watch (Third Tuesdays, Even Months)

3004 Boright Drive

Lola Alapo, 525-1520,


Tuesday, December 166:30 p.m.

Lonsdale United for Change (Third Tuesdays)

Lonsdale Recreation Center, Stonewall Ave.

Steve Ritter, 973-0877


Wednesday, December 173-7 p.m.

Sign Up for Health Insurance Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

            Trained volunteers will be available to help with the enrollment process.

South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

For appointment or best walk-in time, call (844) 644-5443.

For more, call 311 or visit


Thursday, December 18 — 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, December 188:30 a.m.

Historic Zoning Commission (Third Thursdays)

Kaye Graybeal, 215-3795,


Thursday, December 1812 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, December 184 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, December 186:30 p.m.

Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (Third Thursdays)

Community Club House, 916 Shamrock Ave. at Henegar St.

Bill Hutton, 773-5228,


Thursday, December 187 p.m.

City Council (in lieu of Dec. 23 meeting)



Saturday, December 209 a.m. until last person is heard

“Coffee with the Councilman”

(Usually the Last Saturday of Each Quarter)

Vice Mayor and First District City Council Member Nick Pavlis

Bring your concerns or stop by to chat; open to all city residents.

Roundup Restaurant, 3643 Sevierville Pike

Nick Pavlis, 454-7216


Saturday, December 20 — 10 a.m.

South Haven Neighborhood Association (Third Saturdays)

Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave.

Pat Harmon, 591-3958


Saturday, December 20 — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sign Up for Health Insurance Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

            Trained volunteers will be available to help with the enrollment process.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave.

For appointment or best walk-in time, call (844) 644-5443.

For more, call 311 or visit


Tuesday, December 236 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, December 306:30 p.m.

Chilhowee Park Neighborhood Association (Last Tuesdays)

Administration Building, Knoxville Zoo

Paul Ruff, 696-6584


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