2019 Archives for City Government

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    Closing the Gap
    Between the primary and the general election, some second-place Council candidates made big gains — and one fell just short of a comeback victory.
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    AG Clears KPD Officer in Fatal Shooting
    Knoxville Police Department Officer Dylan Williams’ use of deadly force was justified, District Attorney General Charme Allen determined.
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  • Urban Dominance
    Indya Kincannon received the support of those living closest to the center of the city in her election as Knoxville’s next mayor.
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  • Kincannon Bests Mannis for Mayor
    The former school board chair attributed her victory on Tuesday to a message that resonated with city voters.
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  • Amelia Parker
    Council’s New Faces
    With wins by three women, including the first black candidate ever elected to a citywide office, the new City Council will be the most diverse in Knoxville history.
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  • The Kincannon/Mannis Divide
    Summing up: The city’s mayoral candidates have similar policy stances but different styles.
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  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
    Knoxville could make Tennessee history by electing the state’s first openly gay mayor, but nobody wants to talk about it.
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  • United Way Ryerson
    A New Wayfinder
    Matthew Ryerson will be the first new CEO of the local United Way in more than a quarter century.
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  • Waiting to Recycle
    Knoxville residents often wait months to get bins to participate in the city’s voluntary curbside program.
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  • Renovation Meets Regulations
    City Council tackled a zoning conundrum on Tuesday that underscores zoning issues in Fort Sanders.
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  • Chilhowee Choices
    Candidates for city offices weigh in on consultants’ recommendations for Chilhowee Park and the future of the Tennessee Valley Fair.
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  • Avoiding Conflicts
    Mayor Madeline Rogero’s husband works for a construction company that’s done work on city projects, but experts say firewalls have blocked any potential ethics violations.
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  • Chilhowee Park rendering
    Mapping a Makeover
    A master plan to rejuvenate Chilhowee Park & Exhibition Center would result in saying farewell to the Tennessee Valley Fair.
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  • Connections Are Key
    Mayoral hopefuls Indya Kincannon and Eddie Mannis stressed building relationships during the final scheduled candidate forum.
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  • Candidates Make a Late Pitch
    City Council hopefuls made their case at a forum held just prior to the beginning of early voting in the municipal election.
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  • Money
    Cash at the Turn
    Knoxville mayoral candidates Indya Kincannon and Eddie Mannis are running a close race for campaign dollars.
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  • A Tale of Two Forums
    As the campaign hits the homestretch, the city’s two mayoral hopefuls engaged voters in a contrasting pair of Q&A sessions.
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  • Shaping the Next Administration
    Mayoral hopefuls Indya Kincannon and Eddie Mannis are making their post-election plans for city government.
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  • Recode: Deploy or Delay?
    The city’s mayoral candidates take different tacks on how they would implement the new zoning ordinance after taking office.
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  • Politics for Art’s Sake
    Candidates for city office uniformly express support for public funding at a forum focused on the arts.
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  • Homes Across the Range
    City officials attend grand openings of two housing projects aimed at different demographics.
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  • The Stair Effect
    Marshall Stair cast his lot for Indya Kincannon in the mayoral race, but the question is whether his former supporters will follow his lead.
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  • City County Building
    Gutting Gun Shows
    The non-binding resolution doesn’t have the force of law but City Council wants nothing to do with gun shows in public venues.
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  • Neighborhood Park or Supportive Housing?
    Parkridge residents voice concerns about using public land for a new permanent supportive housing initiative.
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  • Policing Plans
    The two candidates for mayor have similar visions for KPD, but differ on how to best accomplish community policing.
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  • Disarming Gun Shows
    Knoxville leaders and candidates are poised to bar gun shows from Chilhowee Park and other city facilities.
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  • Historic Preservation, Contemporary Concerns
    A committee is recommending a historic district for a portion of Oakwood in North Knoxville, but not all residents are on board.
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    Spending Time on Spending Money
    Council candidates take different approaches to the city budget at a Town Hall East Forum on Monday.
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  • Moms Demand Action Meeting
    Trigger Warning
    Candidates join a call to end gun shows at the city-owned Chilhowee Park. Also up for discussion: red flag laws and KPD oversight.
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  • Cameras, Culture and Community
    A City Council resolution about police body cams on Tuesday turned into an exploration of a host of issues confronting KPD.
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  • Police cruiser with lights on
    Body Cam Consensus
    Mayor, police chief, candidates support studying cameras for KPD officers following the death of a hit-and-run suspect.
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    The Over/Under in the City Primary
    The outcome of the close City Council At-Large Seat C race could have been different if people who went to vote actually voted in the citywide contest.
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  • Election night at Mannis party
    Probing the Precincts
    A look at how Knoxvillians voted in the mayoral primary shows where the battlegrounds will likely be in the November general election.
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  • Mannis and Kincannon Move On
    In the contest to replace term-limited Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxvillians will choose between a businessman and a former school board chair.
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  • A Night of Firsts (and Seconds)
    A surprise result in the primary for At-Large Seat C leads an interesting set of City Council outcomes.
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  • Redesigning Fort Kid
    City Council will vote tonight on the mayor’s choice for the firm to be entrusted with the playground’s legacy.
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  • Weekly Watch, Aug. 26-Sept. 1
    Every Monday, we give you a rundown of public meetings and civic events.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    Turnout Tea Leaves
    A record early vote total in the city primary for a new mayor is still just 11 percent of Knoxville’s voters.
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    Power Poll: A Preference for Mannis
    Poll respondents think the businessman will finish first in primary voting for Knoxville mayor.
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  • Andrews, Burkhardt and Skinner
    The Mayoral Peloton
    Three candidates will have to overcome a lack of name recognition and campaign funding to have a chance in the city primary.
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    Money at the Wire
    Mayoral candidates have spent more than $581,000 leading up to the end of early voting in the Knoxville city election.
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  • Coming Into Focus
    Plans for the city’s public safety complex at the former St. Mary’s site are firming up with input from the Police and Fire departments.
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  • KUB Freezes Fixed Fees
    Knoxville mayoral candidates have complained that service charges not tied to consumption adversely affect low-income residents.
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  • Brainstorming on Broadway
    Area residents offer their ideas to improve a busy, hazardous stretch of North Knoxville’s primary thoroughfare.
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  • Recode map
    Recode Goes the Distance
    Council passes the comprehensive and sometimes controversial overhaul of Knoxville’s zoning code.
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  • Candidates on Camera
    In a televised forum, Knoxville’s mayoral hopefuls made their cases on the eve of early voting.
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    City Election: Early Voting Begins
    Voters can start casting ballots for mayor and four City Council seats today at five locations across Knoxville.
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  • Council Contests: At-Large Seat C
    Five candidates in the primary are vying for two general election ballot slots in this contest.
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  • Safety Building site
    Museum Moves Into the Future
    A signed agreement between Jim Clayton and the City of Knoxville brings a state-of-the-art science center closer to reality.
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  • Recode map
    Recode Rewound
    A procedural hiccup prevented City Council from giving final approval to the revision of Knoxville’s zoning code.
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  • Feuding over Fees
    Knoxville’s mayoral candidates continued to criticize KUB’s fee structures Monday, but the utility is pushing back against their assertions.
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  • Poverty and Policy
    The city’s mayoral candidates took on tough issues at a forum in East Knoxville on Thursday.
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  • Recode map
    Affluent Influence
    City Council has created an exception to accessory dwelling units for more prosperous neighborhoods.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    Filling the Campaign Coffers
    The three leading candidates for Knoxville mayor are mining familiar and sometimes overlapping territory for campaign funds.
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  • Damage Control
    Mayor Rogero and Chief Thomas address an Internal Affairs investigation into lewd behavior in the KPD ranks and alleged inaction by supervisors.
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  • Recode Clears First Hurdle
    After four hours of revisions, City Council approved the proposed new zoning ordinance on first reading.
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  • An Informal Forum
    City candidates talk Recode and other matters at a gathering hosted by the Knox County Republican Party.
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  • Is Recode Ready?
    City Council could hold the first of two votes on Knoxville’s new zoning ordinance on Tuesday.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    Passing the Hat
    With less than two months to go before the primary, each race in the city election has a clear fundraising leader.
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  • They’re All Ears
    Forum shows where City Council candidates unite and where they diverge.
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  • Preservation and Politics
    Knoxville’s mayoral candidates see a future built on preserving the past.
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  • 4th of July headlines
    Back and Fourth
    For a Throwback Thursday Independence Day, we took a survey of Knoxville celebrations through the decades.
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  • Ashes From the Fire
    Oakwood-Lincoln Park residents demand action from the city two months after a recycling center blaze.
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  • Pedaling for Prominence
    After three years hosting the USA Cycling championships and a contract for two more years, Knoxville makes a bid to be a bicycling mecca.
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  • Six Ways
    Knoxville’s mayoral candidates stake out their positions at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters.
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  • A Seat at the Table
    Bringing concerns from some of Knoxville’s poorest neighborhoods into this year’s city elections.
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  • Finding Refuge
    World Refugee Day highlights the challenges and triumphs of displaced people around the globe, including those who have landed in Knoxville.
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  • Main Assembly Room
    Changes Coming to Jail Alternative Program
    City Council increased funding for the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center as the program shifts its treatment focus.
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    Council Contests: 5th District
    It’s Charles vs. Charles in this year’s race to represent a broad swath of North Knoxville on City Council.
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  • Hillside Plan Complicates Recode
    Planning commissioners recommend scaling back proposed restrictions on slope developments.
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  • Council Contests: At-Large Seat B
    The race between David Hayes and Janet Testerman is a true example of an insurgent running against the establishment.
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  • Recode Detour
    Planning commissioners must sign off on the city’s new zoning ordinance before City Council gives final approval.
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  • Short Takes on Big Issues
    Knoxville’s mayoral candidates skimmed the surface of their agendas at the first forum to feature all the hopefuls.
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  • Council Contests: At-Large Seat A
    The primary contest between Lynne Fugate and Charles Lomax Jr. is a warm-up for the general election.
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  • Walking Away From the Streets
    City Council votes to fund a program aimed at giving sex workers a chance to stay out of jail and get out of the life.
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  • Make Money, Not Trouble
    Knoxville City Council loosens some restrictions on home businesses while focusing on neighborhood impacts.
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  • ADUs Survive Recode Revisions
    City Council left accessory dwelling units in Recode Knoxville during a meeting lasting more than nine hours on Thursday.
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  • The Fair Hits the Century Mark
    The Tennessee Valley Fair will celebrate its centennial this year as the City of Knoxville makes plans for the future of Chilhowee Park.
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  • Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
    ‘A City Where People Want to Live’
    Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett brings lessons of urban revitalization to Knoxville.
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  • To Go Barefooted and Be Warm
    Poet Nikki Giovanni returned to her beloved Mulvaney Street for the unveiling of a plaque honoring her life and work.
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  • City County Building
    Power Poll: Setting Mayoral Priorities
    Survey respondents say that of the unfinished projects the next mayor will inherit, the redevelopment of the St. Mary’s site should top the priority list.
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  • Sustaining Sustainability
    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has set new, ambitious goals for the ongoing slashing of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • State Supreme Court site development
    PILOT Approved for Supreme Court Site
    City Council signed off on a tax incentive plan that allows the redevelopment of a downtown block to move forward.
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  • Scooters Settle In
    As scooter vendors expand their fleets, Knoxville officials are considering ways to make users aware they can’t ride on sidewalks.
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    Riders Up!
    Candidates have filed their petitions for this year’s city election, though one mayoral hopeful was disqualified.
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  • City County Building
    Help Wanted
    With unemployment low, the City of Knoxville is finding it difficult to fill positions in multiple departments.
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  • Slow Going on Recode
    After a marathon meeting, City Council members are only halfway through their review of Knoxville’s proposed zoning revision.
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  • City County Building
    Capital Numbers
    Rogero’s last proposed budget as mayor contains a big drop in capital spending, but it’s more of a pause than a trend.
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  • A Call to End Recode
    As Council approaches a possible vote on the city’s proposed zoning ordinance, mayoral candidate Eddie Mannis wants to stop it altogether.
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  • Recode Knoxville map
    Pulling In the Reins on Recode
    A solid majority of Council members wants to postpone next week’s scheduled vote on the city’s proposed zoning overhaul.
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  • Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville.
    Done Deal (Almost)
    City Council approved the purchase of the former St. Mary’s Hospital, though closing won’t happen for months.
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  • Residents Question Homeless Housing Deal
    Some in Parkridge say the city has not been transparent about plans to transfer Caswell Park property to Volunteer Ministry Center.
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  • Nursing Redevelopment
    The city is in talks with LMU to move its nursing school to the Magdalene Clark Tower at the St. Mary’s site.
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  • Displacement and concentration of poverty map
    Mapping Gentrification
    A new report shows where investment has displaced low-income residents. In Knoxville, it’s not always where you’d think.
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  • Fire and Frustration
    Smoke from a blaze at a North Knoxville recycling facility with a history of recent safety violations forced the evacuation of nearly 100 homes.
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  • Finding the Right Blend
    KCDC is finalizing its master plan for the Austin Homes makeover, which will feature up to 440 mixed-income apartments.
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  • Deploying HUD Resources
    The Rogero administration is finalizing plans for spending more than $4 million in federal federal housing funds.
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  • A Transitional Budget and a Zombie Beaver
    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s eighth and final budget contains few surprises.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    On Deck
    The leading candidates for Knoxville mayor weigh in on baseball and the budget the winner will inherit after the election.
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  • State of the City in 2019
    Mayor Madeline Rogero will unveil her final budget proposal today and likely will announce a solidified agreement on a new safety services complex.
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  • Still a Safety Valve for the City
    After two decades, the Police Advisory and Review Committee continues trying to build bridges between KPD and the community.
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  • Ramping Up At Last
    After years of planning, work is set to begin on replacing the West Jackson Avenue ramps to South Gay Street
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  • Form and Function
    A dispute over a home design on the South Knoxville Waterfront shows the challenges presented by form-based zoning.
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  • Chapman’s Challenges
    An open house in South Knoxville drew a crowd to scrutinize possible safety improvements to Chapman Highway.
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  • Designing Candidates
    Two mayoral candidates shared their views about architecture, urban design and the ongoing redevelopment of the city.
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  • Safety Building site
    Trading Places?
    The Clayton Family Foundation is keeping its options open for the location of a new interactive science museum in Knoxville.
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  • Council Seeks Funds for Chapman Safety
    Local officials ask TDOT to move forward with spending $45 million earmarked for improvements to Chapman Highway.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    Police Precinct Proposal
    A proposal from mayoral candidate Eddie Mannis draws quick opposition from Indya Kincannon and Marshall Stair.
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  • Sign of Contention
    Residents and public officials clash over wording of a new sign on Magnolia Avenue, with racial history looming in the background.
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  • Recode Knoxville map
    Recode Hits the Homestretch
    City Council on Thursday gave planners recommendations for the final draft of the city’s new zoning ordinance.
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  • Progressives Seeking Progress
    City Council Movement hopes to build on its lone victory in the 2017 municipal races to develop more political clout.
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  • Crossing the River
    The Rogero administration and Knoxville Area Transit are contemplating extending the city’s free trolley service to the South Waterfront.
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  • Tech for KAT
    Knoxville transit users can finally use their mobile phones to plan trips and track the progress of buses along their routes.
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  • City County Building
    Mayoral Pay Raise Clears First Hurdle
    In a split vote, City Council passed a 14 percent salary boost for the next mayor on first reading.
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  • New Cash for New Cops
    Facing a persistent staffing shortage, KPD asks for $150,000 over two years to boost officer recruiting efforts.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    A Raise on the Table
    City Council will consider a proposal to give the next mayor a 14 percent pay boost above Mayor Madeline Rogero’s current salary.
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  • The Rising Cost of Recycling
    China’s decision to stop importing most recycled materials has affected many American communities, and Knoxville is no exception.
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  • Talk It Out
    The Planning Commission uses a local subdivision controversy to send a message: Developers should engage neighbors.
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  • Preservation Haul
    City Council on Tuesday approved nearly $600,000 for seven projects aimed at rehabilitating historic structures in Knoxville.
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  • A New Alternative to the Streets
    Volunteer Ministry Center, with the help of city taxpayers, wants to establish Knoxville’s first ‘low-barrier’ homeless shelter.
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  • Making Connections
    Two-term City Council member Marshall Stair wants to stitch the city together if he’s elected mayor.
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  • PARC Could Keep Its Teeth
    The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to a compromise that allows police oversight committees to go through the courts to use subpoena powers.
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  • Setting the Table
    In their first joint appearance, four candidates for Knoxville mayor address how they will support entrepreneurism.
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  • Hands-on Heritage
    Knox Heritage is looking to take on more renovation projects in addition to its advocacy work to save the region’s historic structures.
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  • Bringing Austin Homes Into Focus
    Public input is helping guide KCDC’s master planning process for mixed-income housing at the East Knoxville site.
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  • Lime Scooters in Austin, Texas.
    Scooters Score a Victory
    City Council approved a pilot program on Tuesday that will allow e-scooter rentals on Knoxville streets.
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  • Funding Affordable Housing
    City Council will consider subsidizing low-income apartments at two Knoxville affordable housing projects.
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  • Preparation, Policy and Politics
    Indya Kincannon believes her combination of experience and education have prepared her to be Knoxville’s next mayor.
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  • Recode Knoxville map
    A Veto in Every Pot
    Proposed legislation would require consent from every property owner for zoning plans throughout Tennessee.
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  • Lime Scooters in Austin, Texas.
    Scooters in the City
    Knoxville officials aim to use lessons learned from other cities while designing a pilot program for electric scooter rental businesses.
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  • Preemption for Breakfast
    Knoxville officials share concerns with legislators about bills they fear will take away their independence to find local solutions to local problems.
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  • Lawmakers Seek to Handcuff Police Oversight
    City officials ask the state Legislature to reject a bill that would strip law enforcement oversight committees of their subpoena powers.
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  • Another Feud in the Fort
    After a battle over the boundaries, City Council votes to establish a hospital district in the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood.
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  • Over the Plate
    Rogero administration officials say a minor league baseball stadium east of the Old City could link surrounding areas and spawn development.
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  • Death Threats at the Diocese
    The pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral notified parishioners of threats he received from a person formerly affiliated with the church.
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  • KPD’s Officer Deficit
    Like other urban police departments, the Knoxville Police Department is struggling to find enough recruits to fill open positions.
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  • Recode Knoxville map
    Council Dives into Recode
    City Council members discussed possible zoning changes for commercial, office and industrial property during a marathon workshop on Thursday.
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  • City County Building
    King and City Sign a Settlement
    The agreement ends a months-long dispute over Civil Service rights for the city’s deputy engineering director.
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  • Recode Test Run
    Participants in a design charrette to try out the City of Knoxville’s proposed new zoning code didn’t find any glaring flaws.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    Money in the Mayor’s Race
    Financial disclosures show the 2019 Knoxville mayor’s race will be a three-way battle among well-funded candidates.
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  • Honor, Prestige and Politics
    Eddie Mannis aims to bring his business acumen and record of community service into the Knoxville mayor’s office.
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  • Contractor Complications
    Delays are running up the cost of intersection improvements at Clinton Highway and Merchant Drive in North Knoxville.
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  • Council Ponders a PILOT
    Knoxville officials say converting the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park to a Marriott would boost business for the convention center.
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  • Austin Homes Reimagined
    KCDC presents a plan to create a mixed-income community at one of Knoxville’s oldest public housing projects.
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  • Lighting the Way
    The city’s conversion to LED streetlights is only about one-fifth of the way toward completion but it’s already resulting in savings.
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  • The New Women of Council
    Knoxville City Council’s four freshman female members reflect on their historic first year in office.
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  • Council Adopts Cat Policy
    The Community Cat Diversion program aims to reduce the feral cat population over the long term without resorting to euthanasia.
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  • Promised Progress Along the South Waterfront
    City Council is ready to vote on land and easement acquisitions for long-awaited Sevier Avenue improvements.
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  • Remaking St. Mary’s
    The Rogero administration plans to work with Knox Heritage to preserve the oldest building on the St. Mary’s Hospital campus.
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  • Recode Knoxville map
    Recode Goes to Council
    The Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission approves the comprehensive revision of the city’s zoning ordinance. Next stop: City Council.
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  • Recode at the Turn
    Planning commissioners are poised to send their recommendation for the overhaul of the city’s zoning ordinance to City Council.
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  • Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville.
    The Deal of St. Mary’s
    The Rogero administration has agreed to buy the North Knoxville hospital site for $1 while offering up to $16 million in tax breaks to Tennova for Middlebrook Pike developments.
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  • Rogero Expects Busy Final Year
    As the end of her second term approaches, Knoxville’s mayor plans to start new projects for her eventual successor to complete.
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  • The Year Ahead: Transformation for the City
    Knoxville voters will select a new mayor and four new Council members, but other changes will also help reshape the city in the future.
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