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Communications Director

Jesse Fox Mayshark
jmayshark@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3710

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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

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    Railroad Crossing Repairs Feb. 21 to Detour Motorists

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    This week, contract crews will be repairing CSX railroad crossings on Liberty Street, Piney Grove Church Road, Third Creek Road, Jackson Road and Knott Road.  Read More

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    Mayor Rogero Invites Public to Health Care Town Hall Meeting

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero invites the public to a Town Hall meeting on the importance of access to health care from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Whittle Springs Middle School, 2700 White Oak Lane.  Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Saddened by Death of Beloved Chimpanzee

    Zoo Knoxville Saddened by Death of Beloved Chimpanzee

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    With great sadness Zoo Knoxville shares the news of the death of Debbie chimpanzee, a beloved personality and matriarch of the chimpanzee troop for more than 40 years.  Read More

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    Nominations Sought for Business Advisory Council

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Know someone who understands what local businesses need? Would that person have the perspective and business knowhow to suggest ways that City government can help make it easier for entrepreneurs to get up and running? Read More

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    Railroad Crossing Repairs to Detour Motorists

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Late this week, contract crews will be repairing CSX railroad crossings on Liberty Street, Piney Grove Church Road, Third Creek Road, Jackson Road and Knott Road. Motorists should follow signed detours around the work sites. Read More

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    Mayor: Get Involved in 2017 City Election

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    This is an important year politically in the City of Knoxville, with candidates running for five open City Council seats. The primary election is on Aug. 29, but races will be in full stride months before then. Read More

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    Restoration to Close Lanes on Gay Street

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    Restoration work involving a crane will mean weekday closures of lanes in the 600 block of South Gay Street for three days, beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Celebrates Valentine's Day with a New Jewel

    Zoo Knoxville Celebrates Valentine's Day with a New Jewel

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    Zoo Knoxville is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new jewel, an adorable yellow-backed duiker (pronounced DIE-kur) calf, whose name “Ruby” was inspired by the tuft of red hair on top of her head. The 6 ½ week-old female was born on December 30, 2016, weighing approximately 15 pounds at birth.  Read More

  • Weed Wrangle Set for March 4 at Baker Creek Preserve

    Weed Wrangle Set for March 4 at Baker Creek Preserve

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    The Knoxville Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, is sponsoring Knoxville’s second annual Weed Wrangle®-Knoxville on March 4, 2017 and invite the public to volunteer in the effort.  Read More

  • Tatia Harris to Lead Discussion at Books Sandwiched In Series Feb. 22

    Tatia Harris to Lead Discussion at Books Sandwiched In Series Feb. 22

    Posted: 02/10/2017

    Knox County Public Library, in honor of Black History Month and in partnership with The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, invites the public to join Tatia Harris for a discussion of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs, at noon on Wednesday, February 22, in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Read More

  • Open Streets Knoxville is coming to East Knoxville May 21

    Open Streets Knoxville is coming to East Knoxville May 21

    Posted: 02/10/2017

    On Sunday, May 21st, 2-6 PM, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at Open Streets Knoxville. Magnolia Ave., from Randolph St. to North Chestnut St., with a small loop onto East Depot Ave. will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of playing, exercising, socializing, and shopping all on foot or two wheels.  Read More

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    2016 Year In Review Available Online

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    In 2016, City of Knoxville employees completed hundreds of projects. They delivered services – everything from fixing bridges and opening a new park to responding to police and fire calls. More than a few milestones were passed along the way. Read More

  • THDA Announces $15,000 Incentive to Homebuyers in Select Knoxville Neighborhoods

    THDA Announces $15,000 Incentive to Homebuyers In Select Knoxville Neighborhoods

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is offering $15,000 in down payment assistance to homebuyers who purchase a home in targeted neighborhoods that were hard hit by the downturn and have been slower to recover in Knoxville and across the state. Read More

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    Construction of New UT Garage Prompts Two-Week Closure on Lake Avenue

    Posted: 02/07/2017

    Starting Wednesday, Feb. 8, Lake Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 18th and 19th streets as a contractor continues construction of a new 1,000-vehicle University of Tennessee parking garage. Read More

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    Portion of Cherry St. to Close for Drainage Improvements

    Posted: 02/07/2017

    Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 8, a portion of Cherry Street stretching from Hoitt Avenue to Cecil Avenue will be closed in order for crews to make drainage improvements. Motorists should follow a signed detour route. Drivers also will experience lane shifts on Cecil Avenue at the intersection of Cecil Avenue and Cherry Street. Read More

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    Third Neighborhood Conference Set for March 11

    Posted: 02/07/2017

    Strong residential neighborhoods are the foundation of a vibrant city, and ideas on how to build that foundation are the focus of the Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, March 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center.  Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Feb. 11, 2017

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

  • KUB Partial Closure of Neyland Greenway Until March

    KUB Partial Closure of Neyland Greenway Through Mid March

    Posted: 02/03/2017

    KUB and its contractor will close a short section of Neyland Greenway starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, to begin wastewater system repair work. Read More

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    Community Development Announces Grant Applications for Programs to Reduce and End Homelessness

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    The City of Knoxville’s Community Development Department will begin accepting grant applications next week to fund programs that work to reduce and end homelessness in Knoxville. Applications will be available to download beginning Monday, Feb. 6, at www.knoxvilletn.gov/development (under “Homeless Grant” at the top of the page). Read More

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    Fitch Reaffirms Knoxville's AAA Rating for Bonds

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Fitch Ratings has reaffirmed its AAA rating – the highest rating possible – on three series of outstanding general obligation bonds of the City of Knoxville. The series total $96.7 million in bonds. Read More

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    $6.4 Million Grant to Help Alleviate Traffic Congestion on N. Broadway

    Posted: 02/01/2017

    A new federally funded $6.4 million grant will improve traffic flow and enhance the transit experience along North Broadway between downtown and Fountain City, as well as make Knoxville’s air cleaner by reducing vehicle emissions, Mayor Madeline Rogero said today. Read More

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    Wesley Rd. Reopened After Sinkhole Repair

    Posted: 02/01/2017

    City crews reopened Wesley Road on Wednesday afternoon after repairs were completed on a sinkhole that opened up on Dec. 19.  Read More

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    City Accepting Community Agency Grant Applications

    Posted: 01/30/2017

    The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in receiving a Community Agency Grant (CAG) for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which begins on July 1, 2017. Read More

  • Final Days to Enroll for Health Insurance thru Affordable Care Act

    Final Days to Enroll for Health Insurance thru Affordable Care Act

    Posted: 01/30/2017

    Tuesday, January 31 is the final deadline for Tennesseans to enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.  Read More

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    Utility Upgrade in Support of South Waterfront Projects to Require Temporary Closure

    Posted: 01/27/2017

    A section of West Blount Avenue, just west of Chapman Highway, will be closed for 90 days, beginning Monday, Feb. 6, while a contractor installs sewer main connections and storm drains. Read More

  • Arya the Malayan Tiger Settling in to Her New Home in Knoxville

    Arya the Malayan Tiger Settling in to Her New Home in Knoxville

    Posted: 01/27/2017

    Zoo Knoxville’s new Malayan tiger Arya arrived Thursday evening after a cross-country flight from California and is settling in to her new home under the watchful eyes of her caretakers. Read More

  • KUB Lane Closures on Emory, Broadway, Kingston Pike, Neyland, Echo, Colter, and Valley Dr.

    KUB Lane Closures on Emory, Broadway, Kingston Pike, Neyland, Echo, Colter, and Valley Dr.

    Posted: 01/27/2017

    Due to utility maintenance, there will be KUB Lane Closures on East Emory Rd., N. Broadway, Kingston Pike, Neyland Dr., Echo Dr., Colter St., and Valley Dr. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Preparing for Arrival of New Malayan Tiger

    Zoo Knoxville Preparing for Arrival of New Malayan Tiger

    Posted: 01/26/2017

    Zoo Knoxville is preparing for the arrival of new Malayan tiger this evening.  Read More

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    Old City Streetscapes Project to Start Next Week

    Posted: 01/25/2017

    Starting Monday, Jan. 30, construction will begin on new sidewalks on both sides of North Central Street between the railroad tracks and Depot Avenue in the Old City, and upgrades will get underway on the stormwater system. Read More

  • Free Medical Care Offered at Upcoming RAM Clinic

    Free Medical Care Offered at Upcoming RAM Clinic

    Posted: 01/25/2017

    Remote Area Medical (RAM) will hold its annual mobile medical clinic on Feb. 4 - 5 at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, 3301 East Magnolia Avenue.  Read More

  • KUB Lane Closure on Broadway Jan. 18-19

    KUB Lane Closure on Broadway Jan. 18-19

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    KUB crews will close a short section of the northbound, curbside lane of Broadway at the W. Jackson Avenue intersection from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19. Read More

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    Hester Hired as Greenways Coordinator

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Former Norris City Manager Tim Hester has been hired as the City of Knoxville’s Parks and Greenways Coordinator. Read More

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    City Services Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Posted: 01/13/2017

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Has Another Record-Breaking Attendance Year in 2016

    Zoo Knoxville Has Another Record-Breaking Attendance Year in 2016

    Posted: 01/13/2017

    Zoo Knoxville welcomed 473,679 visitors in 2016, reaching a new attendance record for the second year in a row and exceeding the record set in 2015 by 33,564 people.  Read More

  • KUB Lane Closures on E. Emory Rd., Kingston Pk., Scenic Dr.

    KUB Lane Closures on E. Emory Rd., Kingston Pk., Scenic Dr.

    Posted: 01/13/2017

    Due to utility maintenance, KUB will have lane closures on East Emory Road, Kingston Pike, and Scenic Drive Jan. 17-20. Read More

  • Venable to discuss Hillbilly Elegy at Books Sandwiched In Program

    Venable to discuss Hillbilly Elegy at Books Sandwiched In Program

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance is widely considered to have provided important insight into the "invisible middle" or "white underclass" brought to light in the recent election.  Read More

  • TDOT: Pothole Season Arrives

    TDOT: Pothole Season Arrives

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Winter weather extremes lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges.  Read More

  • KAT Introduces Free Wi-Fi on All Buses and Trolleys

    KAT Introduces Free Wi-Fi on All Buses and Trolleys

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) is extremely pleased to announce that free Wi-Fi is now available on all KAT buses and trolleys. KAT has been phasing in the service on the system and testing it over several months. KAT also offers free Wi-Fi at Knoxville Station Transit Center. Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Jan. 14, 2017

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

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    Kevin Perry Hired as Community Outreach Manager

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Knoxville native Kevin Perry has been hired as Community Outreach Manager in the City of Knoxville's Department of Community Relations.  Read More

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    King Week Celebration Jan. 11-Jan 16, 2017

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read More

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    311 Service Center to Hold Open House Jan. 11

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    The public is invited to the official grand opening of the City of Knoxville’s new 311 Service Center on the third floor of the City County Building on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read More

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    KAT Buses on Extreme/Severe Snow Routes Jan. 7, 2017

    Posted: 01/07/2017

    Due to winter weather and dangerous road conditions, KAT buses will operate on Snow Routes today. Read More

  • KUB Road Closure on Cumberland Ave. Jan. 8, 2017

    KUB Road Closure on Cumberland Ave. Jan. 8, 2017

    Posted: 01/06/2017

    KUB crews will close a short section of Cumberland Avenue, between Eighteenth Street and Nineteenth Street, from midnight Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday, January 8, as work is performed on the water distribution system in the area.  Read More

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    Garbage Cart Deliveries Continuing

    Posted: 01/06/2017

    This weekend, City of Knoxville and contractor crews will be delivering some of the last of the new 95-gallon wheeled garbage carts to City residents. Read More

  • KAT Begins 2017 with Service Improvements

    KAT Begins 2017 with Service Improvements

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) is pleased to announce that improved service on thirteen bus routes will begin on Monday, January 9, 2017. These improvements include two new Sunday routes, better frequencies on Saturdays, and later service on many neighborhood routes.  Read More

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    City Streets Primed for Possibility of Season's First Snow

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    With forecasts calling for a chance of the season’s first snowfall tonight, Knoxville crews have prepared by treating city streets with brine to reduce the likelihood of snow sticking to the pavement. Read More

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    Public Meeting Jan. 12 for Community Development's 2017 Annual Action Plan

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    The City of Knoxville Department of Community Development will present information and updates pertaining to its Five-Year Consolidated Plan established in 2015 to focus on strengthening neighborhoods; promoting economic development; reducing and ending homelessness; and promoting affordable housing. Staff will announce upcoming deadlines for proposals and public comment for the annual action plan that goes into effect July 1, 2017. Read More

  • Legacy Parks Begins Second Decade Focused on Regional, Rivers and Rails

    Legacy Parks Begins Second Decade Focused on Regional, Rivers and Rails

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    Dr. and Mrs. Collier signed the deed for the Collier family farm over to Legacy Parks Foundation on December 31st, providing a new park for Knox County and a fitting end to a decade of projects and success for Legacy Parks Foundation.  Read More

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    PARC Meeting Set for Jan. 19

    Posted: 01/03/2017

    Members of the Police Advisory & Review Committee will hold their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman St. Read More

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    Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting Jan. 11 for Historic Preservation Fund Grants

    Posted: 01/03/2017

    For the third year in a row, the City of Knoxville will grant a total of $500,000 to owners of historic residential or commercial buildings through its Historic Preservation Fund. Proposals are being accepted now by the Department of Community Development. Read More

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    City Residents Reminded to Use Their New Garbage Carts

    Posted: 01/02/2017

    Starting Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, City residents should begin using the new wheeled 95-gallon garbage carts that were delivered to their homes earlier this month. Read More