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Below you will find the latest news and press releases from the City of Knoxville.

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    Electric Scooter Pilot Program Launches in Knoxville

    Posted: 03/20/2019

    On March 20, 2019, the City of Knoxville launches an electric scooter pilot program with the first of two companies selected through a competitive process.  Read More

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    City to Hold Neighborhood Safety Workshop Series

    Posted: 03/19/2019

    The City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods (OON) and Police Advisory and Review Committee (PARC) are collaborating with the Knoxville Police Department to host a series of workshops designed to inform residents about neighborhood-specific safety practices and how they can partner with City departments to make neighborhoods safer.  Read More

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    Next PARC Meeting Scheduled for April 24, 2019

    Posted: 03/18/2019

    Members of the Police Advisory & Review Committee will hold their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Regal Cinemas Headquarters at 101 E. Blount Ave. Read More

  •  Over 220 Volunteers Expected for 2019 South Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Over 220 Volunteers Expected for 2019 South Knoxville Community Cleanup

    Posted: 03/18/2019

    On Saturday, March 30, 2019 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its third annual community-wide South Knoxville Cleanup from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The event will be kicking off from Sam Duff Park located at 4060 Chapman Highway.  Read More

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    Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation to Present Gift to The Change Center on Skate for Zae Day

    Posted: 03/15/2019

    The Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation will be presenting a grant of $10,000 to the Change Center on Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m.  Read More

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    Seven Projects Receive Historic Preservation Funds

    Posted: 03/14/2019

    This week, Knoxville City Council approved the City’s proposal to allocate $595,158 in Historic Preservation Funds to seven projects focused on the renovation and restoration of historic properties within city limits. Read More

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    City Crews Resume Brush Collection

    Posted: 03/12/2019

    As part of Spring cleanup and beautification, City crews started bi-weekly brush pickup on Monday, March 11, 2019. Read More

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    Temporary Closure of South Gay Street Scheduled Mar. 17-18, 2019

    Posted: 03/12/2019

    As part of the downtown redevelopment of the new Embassy Suites Hotel, 507 South Gay Street, parts of several downtown streets will be temporarily closed Sunday, March 17, at 2 a.m. and will reopen Monday, March 18, no later than 6 p.m. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful Award

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful Award

    Posted: 03/12/2019

    Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, presented Keep Knoxville Beautiful with its 2018 President’s Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference, which took place in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More

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    Downtown Streets Close Temporarily for St. Patrick's Weekend Events

    Posted: 03/12/2019

    Knoxville residents have multiple opportunities to get in touch with their Irish roots this weekend as downtown hosts two festivals, two road runs and a parade.  Read More

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    East Tennessee Purchasing Association Announces 2018 Award Winners

    Posted: 03/11/2019

    The East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA), during its February meeting in Knoxville, announced the three winners of its prestigious annual awards for 2018. Read More

  • Knox County Health Department Releases Report on Naloxone Deployment

    Health Department Releases Report on Naloxone Deployment

    Posted: 03/11/2019

    In support of the Harm Reduction Coalition, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has released its second report on naloxone deployment by first responders.  Read More

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    Portion of Third Creek Greenway to Close for Repairs Mar. 11-14, 2019

    Posted: 03/08/2019

    The Zig Zag Bridge on Third Creek Greenway will be closed temporarily for repairs, beginning Monday morning, March 11, 2019. The bridge was damaged during the Feb. 23 floodings. Read More

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    Mayor Rogero Honors City Employees & Retirees on Mar. 6, 2019

    Posted: 03/06/2019

    At a special luncheon held on Mar. 6, 2019 at Calhouns along Volunteer Landing, Mayor Madeline Rogero honored City Employees who have 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service or have retired from the City in the past year.  Read More

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    Drug Overdose Support Group Meeting Mar. 8, 2019

    Posted: 03/06/2019

    The Knoxville Police Department will hold its next support group meeting on Mar. 8, 2019 for parents, children, siblings or other family members who have lost a loved one due to the drug overdose epidemic. Read More

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    Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival Releases Full 2019 Lineup

    Posted: 03/05/2019

    Festival producers Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions are pleased to announce the full lineup for the 10th Annual Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, returning to Knoxville’s Historic Old City May 17-19, 2019.  Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Mar. 9, 2019

    Posted: 03/04/2019

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

  • Winners of the 37th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Winners of the 37th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Posted: 03/01/2019

    On Thursday, February 28, 2019 Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN.  Read More

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    Mardi Growl Brings Dogs to Downtown Mar. 2, 2019

    Posted: 02/28/2019

    The 12th annual Mardi Growl pet parade and party, to benefit Young-Williams Animal Center, presented by Merchants of Beer, will be held in downtown Knoxville Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read More

  • TDOT Construction to Affect Traffic at I-640 West Interchange

    TDOT Construction to Affect Traffic at I-640 West Interchange

    Posted: 02/28/2019

    Motorists traveling in Knox County should be aware of upcoming construction that will affect traffic along North Broadway at the I-640 West Interchange. Read More

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    Flood Damage Assessment and Assistance

    Posted: 02/28/2019

    Flood damage assessment and cleanup continues throughout the region. Property owners in Knoxville and Knox County are encouraged to contact 3-1-1 (or 865-215-4311) to report significant flood damage to their personal or commercial property. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville's Beloved Giraffe Patches Euthanized Due to Declining Health

    Zoo Knoxville's Beloved Giraffe Patches Euthanized Due to Declining Health

    Posted: 02/28/2019

    Zoo Knoxville is saddened to announce that beloved giraffe Patches has been humanely euthanized due to declining health caused by advanced age.  Read More

  • Let’s Read, Knox County!

    Let’s Read, Knox County!

    Posted: 02/27/2019

    Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will host a school-wide assembly with Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 1 at New Hopewell Elementary (727 Kimberlin Heights Rd.) to help kick off Read Across America Day in Knox County and introduce his ReadCityUSA initiative. Read More

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    Floodwaters Close City Facilities

    Posted: 02/26/2019

    A number of City facilities and streets remain closed today until further notice following last weekend’s record-setting rains and flood damage. Read More

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    Public Auction of Impounded Vehicles Mar. 4, 2019

    Posted: 02/25/2019

    The sale will be held at the Vehicle Impound Lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road (formerly BMX Blvd) beginning at 10:00 A.M on Mar. 4, 2019. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Announces New Event "Wild Vine"

    Zoo Knoxville Announces New Event "Wild Vine"

    Posted: 02/25/2019

    Zoo Knoxville and Rhizome Productions will host the inaugural Wild Vine wine sampling event on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the zoo. Read More

  • KCDC to Hold Second Community Open House on Austin Homes Revitalization

    KCDC to Hold Second Community Open House on Austin Homes Revitalization

    Posted: 02/25/2019

    On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 from 4:30-7 p.m., Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will hold an open house to share input gathered so far in the master planning process and gather additional community input about the proposed revitalization of Austin Homes. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Kick Off Celebration of Orchids Feb. 28, 2019

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Kick Off Celebration of Orchids Feb. 28, 2019

    Posted: 02/25/2019

    This Thursday, February 28, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its 37th annual Orchids Beautification Awards from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Read More

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    Call 311 to Report Flood Damage

    Posted: 02/24/2019

    This week, public employees with the City of Knoxville and Knox County, as well as private fire and ambulance personnel, will be documenting damage to houses and businesses caused by this weekend’s flooding. Read More

  • PARC Director Clarence Vaughn to Speak at Books Sandwiched in Program

    PARC Director Clarence Vaughn to Speak at Books Sandwiched in Program

    Posted: 02/15/2019

    Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Clarence Vaughn for a consideration of The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium (601 South Gay Street). Read More

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    Business Owners Sought for Advisory Council

    Posted: 02/14/2019

    The City of Knoxville’s Office of Business Support seeks applications from local business owners to join the Business Advisory Council (BAC), an entity established in 2013 to promote regular and open communication between City government and members of the business community.  Read More

  • Public Invited to Black History Month Presentation at the Bijou Theatre

    Public Invited to Black History Month Presentation at the Bijou Theatre

    Posted: 02/13/2019

    Join Knox County Public Library and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center to observe the centennial of the 1919 Knoxville Race Riots at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2019 at the Bijou Theatre.  Read More

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    Registration Now Open for March 14, 2019 Diversity Business Expo

    Posted: 02/12/2019

    The 2019 Diversity Business Expo will beheld at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Overcoming Believers Church located at 211 Harriet Tubman St. Read More

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    211 Social Services Hotline Celebrates 2/11 Day

    Posted: 02/11/2019

    Today, the City of Knoxville’s 311 Center for Service Innovation (CSI) joins 211 service centers nationwide in celebrating National 211 Day and hosting an open house to share its mission to connect residents with the social services available in our community.  Read More

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    Knoxville Fire Department Adds 32 New Firefighters

    Posted: 02/11/2019

    The Knoxville Fire Department's 2018 Firefighter Recruit Class Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Read More

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    Mayor Rogero, Senior Staff, City Council Meet for Mid-Year Budget Review

    Posted: 02/08/2019

    On Friday, February 8, 2019, Mayor Madeline Rogero, senior City staff and City Council met for a mid-year budget review, which included updates on major City initiatives. Read More

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    Applications Now Available for Homeless Grant Funding

    Posted: 02/07/2019

    The City of Knoxville is accepting applications from non-profit agencies seeking funding for programs that work to reduce and end homelessness in Knoxville.  Read More

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    KPD Offers Drug Overdose Support Group Meeting Feb. 8, 2019

    Posted: 02/05/2019

    The next support group meeting for parents, children, siblings or other family members who have lost a loved one due to the drug overdose epidemic will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, February 8, 2019. Read More

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    TDOT Grant to Create Pedestrian, Bike Path on Chapman Hwy.

    Posted: 02/04/2019

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded the City a $950,000 grant for creating a pedestrian and bike path on Chapman Highway, giving a safe option for pedestrians walking, biking and taking transit.  Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Feb. 9, 2019

    Posted: 02/01/2019

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

  • All4Knox Substance Misuse Epidemic Website Goes Live

    All4Knox Substance Misuse Epidemic Website Goes Live

    Posted: 02/01/2019

    All4Knox (All4Knox.org) is a joint effort of Knox County and the City of Knoxville with facilitation and coordination support from Metro Drug Coalition, the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and the Knox County Health Department that hopes to bring together governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith-based communities and many others in a coordinated effort to address the substance misuse epidemic.  Read More

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    City of Knoxville Budget Retreat Set for Feb. 8, 2019

    Posted: 02/01/2019

    The City's Annual Budget Retreat will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the City's Public Works Service Center located at 3131 Morris Ave. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host 37th Annual Orchid Awards

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host 37th Annual Orchid Awards

    Posted: 01/31/2019

    On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Read More

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    Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center Stakeholder Input Being Gathered

    Posted: 01/31/2019

    As part of a strategic study of possible future uses of Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center, a consulting team will be talking with stakeholders, concluding with a community meeting, on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Read More

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    Public Hearing Jan. 31, 2019 for City's Annual Action Plan

    Posted: 01/29/2019

    The City of Knoxville’s Community Development Department will hold a public hearing on Jan. 31, 2019 for the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. Read More

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    Public Auction of Impounded Vehicles Feb. 4, 2019

    Posted: 01/28/2019

    The sale will be held at the Vehicle Impound Lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road (formerly BMX Blvd) beginning at 10:00 A.M on Feb. 4, 2019. Read More

  • KCDC to Hold Community Open House on Austin Homes Revitalization

    KCDC to Hold Community Open House on Feb. 5, 2019

    Posted: 01/28/2019

    Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) plans a revitalization of its Austin Homes site with the goal of replacing the existing affordable housing on the site, while creating a mix of housing choices for families and individuals of varied income levels. Read More

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    City Ready for Winter's First Possible Significant Snow

    Posted: 01/28/2019

    With the National Weather Service forecasting the season’s first potentially troublesome snowfall to begin before dawn on Tuesday, Knoxville crews this morning began brining streets. Read More

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    Boat Ramp Expansion to Begin at Gov. Ned McWherter Park

    Posted: 01/24/2019

    Knoxville’s only city park with public access to the Tennessee River will soon expand its boat access, thanks to a $237,245 grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Read More

  • Endangered African Painted Dog Pups Born at Zoo Knoxville

    Endangered African Painted Dog Pups Born at Zoo Knoxville

    Posted: 01/22/2019

    Eleven endangered African painted dog pups were born at Zoo Knoxville on January 2, 2019.  Read More

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    State St. Garage Expansion Moves Into Second Phase

    Posted: 01/18/2019

    A reminder: As the $11 million State Street Garage expansion work heads into the planned second phase, South Central Street will reopen and State Street will close, beginning Monday, Jan. 21. Read More

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    City Accepting Community Agency Grants

    Posted: 01/17/2019

    The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in receiving Community Agency Grant (CAG) funding for Fiscal Year 2019-20, which begins July 1, 2019. Read More

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    Investigation Into Stolen Check Earns Officer Award

    Posted: 01/16/2019

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today named Knoxville Police Department Officer James Gadd the October Officer of the Month. Officer Gadd has been with KPD since March 1995. Read More

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    Investigator Honored for Work In Drug Investigation

    Posted: 01/16/2019

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas named Investigator John Holmes the December Co-Officer of the Month. Investigator Holmes has been with KPD since October 2001. Read More

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    Arrest of Suspects Wanted For Multiple Jewelry Store Heists In Several States Earns Officers Honors

    Posted: 01/16/2019

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas named Knoxville Police Department Officers John Pickens and Amy Boyd Co-Officers of the Month for December. Officer Pickens has been with KPD since June 2006 while Officer Boyd has been with the department since July 2011. Read More

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    Safety City Summer Maintenance Project Earns Employees Unit Commendation Award

    Posted: 01/16/2019

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Chief Eve Thomas presented a Unit Commendation Award to several employees for their hard work over the summer months repairing and updating Safety City.  Read More

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    Commitment, Diligence, Team Work Earns Violent Crimes Unit Special Commendation

    Posted: 01/16/2019

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas presented a special commendation award to the Violent Crimes Unit.  Read More

  • Zoo Hiring for 98 Variable Hour Positions

    Zoo Hiring for 98 Variable Hour Positions

    Posted: 01/15/2019

    Zoo Knoxville will be accepting applications and interviewing candidates to fill 98 seasonal, variable hour positions on Friday, January 18, 2019.  Read More

  • Depot Avenue Area Water Main Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

    Depot Avenue Area Water Main Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

    Posted: 01/15/2019

    KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, have completed the project to install 8,500 feet of new 36-inch water transmission main along Blackstock Avenue, Van Street, W. Fifth Avenue, Williams Street, E. Depot Avenue, Morgan Street, E. Jackson Avenue, Patton Street, Willow Avenue, and connecting to an existing main at E. Summit Hill Avenue. Read More

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    City Schedule for 2019 MLK Holiday

    Posted: 01/14/2019

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Read More

  • Covenant Kids Run Set for Jan. 26 at Zoo Knoxville

    Covenant Kids Run Set for Jan. 26 at Zoo Knoxville

    Posted: 01/14/2019

    Children from across East Tennessee will kick off the Covenant Kids Run with a 1-mile event at Zoo Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 to start their personal marathon. Read More

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    Open House for North Central Street Landscape Plans

    Posted: 01/14/2019

    Stakeholders in the North Central Street streetscaping project, including area residents, business and property owners, staff from the City’s Office of Redevelopment and representatives from landscape architects Hedstrom Design will meet for an Open House 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2019 at All Occasions located at 922 N. Central St. Read More

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    MLK Commemorative Celebration Jan. 16-21, 2019

    Posted: 01/11/2019

    This year's MLK celebration runs from Jan. 16, 2019 to Jan. 21, 2019. Read More

  • KUB Plant Upgrades Require Neyland Dr. Lane Shifts & Greenway Closures

    KUB Plant Upgrades Require Neyland Dr. Lane Shifts & Greenway Closures

    Posted: 01/11/2019

    KUB and its contractor will shift the two eastbound lanes of traffic flow on a short section of Neyland Drive starting Monday, January 14, and lasting through February 2021 as part the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project. Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Jan. 12, 2019

    Posted: 01/10/2019

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces  2019 Orchid Awards Nominees

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2019 Orchid Awards Nominees

    Posted: 01/10/2019

    On February 28th, 2019 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner, honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art.  Read More

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    World's Fair Park Performance Lawn to Close for 5 1/2 Months for Major Upgrades

    Posted: 01/09/2019

    A $3 million project to improve the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn gets underway next week. Read More

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    Stop For School Buses Loading or Unloading Children, It's The Law!

    Posted: 01/08/2019

    On Friday January 4, 2019, leaders from Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Schools, Knox County Schools Security Division, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Knox County District Attorney General's Office held a joint press conference to remind drivers of their duties as it pertains to safely operating their vehicle around a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading a child. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Sets New Attendance Record for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Zoo Knoxville Sets New Attendance Record for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Posted: 01/07/2019

    Zoo Knoxville welcomed 512,112 visitors in 2018, setting a new attendance record for the fourth consecutive year and marking the first time the number of guests exceeded more than half a million in the zoo’s history.  Read More

  • KUB’s Project Help Spreads Warmth During Cold Winter Months

    KUB’s Project Help Spreads Warmth During Cold Winter Months

    Posted: 01/07/2019

    With the cold winter months ahead, many families will struggle with the cost of heating their homes.  Read More

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    Public Auction of Impounded Vehicles Set for Jan. 7, 2019

    Posted: 01/03/2019

    A public auction will be held at the Vehicle Impound Lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road (formerly BMX Blvd) beginning at 10:00 A.M on Jan. 7, 2019. Read More

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    Cumberland Avenue Traffic Analysis

    Posted: 01/02/2019

    The City's Communications Department periodically has been asked questions about traffic flow, statistics on collisions and private investment along the Cumberland Avenue Corridor since the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project was completed in August 2017. Read More

  • McKenney to Speak at Library’s Books Sandwiched In Series

    McKenney to Speak at Library’s Books Sandwiched In Series

    Posted: 01/02/2019

    Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Zach McKenney for a consideration of Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein, at noon on Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium (601 South Gay Street). Read More

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    Knox County Health Dept. Offers Guidance This Flu Season

    Posted: 01/01/2019

    With cold and flu season upon us, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is encouraging the public to follow some basic precautions to reduce the spread of disease and avoid unnecessarily overburdening hospital emergency departments. Read More