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The Neighborly Notice

Vol. 17, No. 25 – Tuesday, July 9, 2024
 
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Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, we report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods. Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 865-215-3232. News deadline: 12 noon on Fridays.

Newsletter (PDF version): https://bit.ly/NeighborlyNotice-2024-07-09

1.  South Knoxville Holds Candidate Forum  
2.  Neighborhood Advisory Council Does Not Meet This Month 
3.  City Accepting Neighborhood Advisory Council Applications 
4.  Neighborhood Resource Fair: Family Fun Activities 
5.  Board of Zoning Appeals Meets Next Tuesday 
6.  Historic Zoning Commission Meets Next Thursday 
7.  Kid A’Riffic Has Four More Sessions 
8.  Early Voting Starts June 12 
9.  Neighbors, We Have a Litter Problem 
10.  Vendor Applications Are Open for Pride Fest 
11.  Knoxville Neighborhoods Calendar (click link for online calendar) 

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1.  South Knoxville Holds Candidate Forum 

The South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition (SKNBC) invites the public to a candidate forum on Tuesday, July 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the South High Senior Living, 835 Tipton Ave. 

The SKNBC wants to increase information and turnout for the August 1 election. All candidates that influence South Knoxville were invited. All candidates will have up to 5 minutes to introduce themselves and answer three questions:  

  • Why do you believe you are the best qualified person for the position? 
  • What do you know about South Knoxville/South Knox County? 
  • What, if anything, will you do to improve the area? 

There will be time after introductions for the public to meet and speak with candidates one-on-one. 

SKNBC is composed of volunteers from neighborhood associations and businesses south of the Tennessee River in Knoxville who meet monthly to address a variety of issues affecting the community and neighborhoods. 

The March Primary had low voter turnout and some races were decided by just a few votes. Now, most of the news is about the November presidential election but this August election is in many ways more impactful on citizens of Knox County. 

2.  Neighborhood Advisory Council Does Not Meet This Month 

The Neighborhood Advisory Council does not meet in July.  However, we are currently accepting applications for three vacant seats and three that may become vacant in January 2025. Check out the next article for more details.  

3.  City Accepting Neighborhood Advisory Council Applications 

The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment is now accepting applications for the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC).   

Have you ever wondered how you and your neighbors can better engage with the City of Knoxville, its offices and services?  Are you an advocate for your neighborhood and neighborhoods in general? Would you like to learn more about how city government works? Do you enjoy discussing public policy, particularly concerning neighborhoods? Would you like to work with other neighborhood leaders on neighborhood issues?  

If you answered YES to these questions, consider applying!  

The NAC meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and December). We ask that applicants commit to attending these meetings, missing only when necessary.   

NAC consists of neighborhood leaders and advocates who occupy 15 seats – two in each of the six City Council districts and three at-large members. Terms are set for three years, and members may serve up to two full terms (six years). Members wishing to serve a second three-year term must reapply.  

The following seats are currently open:  

  • Seat 1-B (Thomas Egan) 
  • Seat 3-A (Lily Seabolt) 
  • Seat 4-A (Monty Howard) 
  • Seat 5-B (Vacant) 
  • Seat 6-A (Vacant) 
  • At-Large Seat A (Vacant) 

To be appointed by the Mayor to a numbered seat, you must live in that City Council district. For example, the person appointed to Seat 2-A must be a resident in the Second Council district. These positions run from January 2024 through December 2026. The At-Large candidate may live anywhere within the city.  
 
To view City Council district boundaries, visit KGIS’s website and then click on Maps, Political District Maps, and City Council. You can also input your own address to find out which political districts you live in. 

If you are interested in serving, please fill out the application, and return it to Debbie Sharp at dsh...@knoxvilletn.gov. You can also mail the application to Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN, 37901.  
 
Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. 

Call the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment at 865-215-3232 to have a hard copy mailed to you, or if you would like more information about the appointments.  

4.  Neighborhood Resource Fair: Family Fun Activities 

Mark your calendars and plan to participate in a number of fun activities at the 2024 Neighborhood Resource Fair taking place on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park, 401 Lakeside St. 

  • The Muse Knoxville children's science museum will offer hands-on exhibits, activities, play spaces, and Knoxville’s only public access planetarium. 
  • Zoo Knoxville will also be participating in the event. The legendary Zoo-Mobile will be there with animals and creatures ready for exploring. Don’t forget when you stop by their booth, to check out their membership so you can enjoy these fun animals year-round. 
  • Finally, the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment is sponsoring, for the first time ever, kids face painting and 360 Photo Booth. Making Faces will be painting faces from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the 360 Photo Booth will be there throughout the event. 

Some spectacular door prizes will be announced in later articles. Register now to secure your chance to win! 

5. Board of Zoning Appeals Meets Next Tuesday 

The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, July 16, at 4 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main St. 

The Board will consider variance requests at the following addresses: 

  • 5228 Lance Dr. 
  • 2448 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 2448 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 1208 Callaway St. 
  • 1210 Callaway St. 
  • 1214 Callaway St. 
  • 2235 McCalla Ave. 
  • 1900 W. Cumberland Ave. 
  • 237 Douglas Ave. 
  • 1307 Galway St. 

Please see the agenda for more details. The meeting is in person; however, if you would like to attend via Zoom, you can request a link from Jennifer Scobee at jsc...@knoxvilen.tn.gov. You must make this request by 12 p.m. noon, the day of the meeting.  

If you wish to speak on a property, please sign in on the sheet as you walk in. If you would like to be advised of appeals on an item, please be sure to fill out the Appeals sign-up sheet that will also be on the table.  

The City of Knoxville ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services.

To request language translation services, contact the City’s Human Resources Department at tit...@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-3100. For disability accommodations, contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at sc...@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

6. Historic Zoning Commission Meets Next Thursday 

The Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) is meeting Thursday, July 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main St.  

HZC works with developers to encourage the preservation of historic sites and areas and to integrate historic facilities into other plans. The commission reviews applications for building permits for construction or demolition within a designated historic zone. The commission also acts as an advocate for changes in various state, local and federal laws that affect historic sites.  

Several certificates of appropriateness are on the agenda to be considered during Thursday’s meeting. Those certificates of appropriateness are for the following properties:  

  • 1730 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 1610 Clinch Ave. 
  • 1616 Clinch Ave. 
  • 128 W. Glenwood Ave. 
  • 916 Luttrell St. 
  • 1635 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 242 Deaderick Ave. 
  • 800 N. Fourth Ave. 
  • 1321 Dora St. 
  • 509 E. Oklahoma Ave. 
  • 417 E. Scott Ave. 
  • 1731 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 503 Arthur St. 

Neighbors can learn more about each case by visiting the Knoxville Knox County Planning website.  

The City of Knoxville ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. 

To request language translation services, contact the City’s Human Resources Department at tit...@knoxilletn.gov or 865-215-3100. For disability accommodation, contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at sc...@knoxvilletn.gov or 865- 215-2034 at least 72 hours (about 3 days) before the meeting. 

7. Kid A’Riffic Has Four More Sessions 

The City’s Kid A’Riffic Fun in the Park, a free program for children ages 2-12, has four mor sessions left. Each Wednesday the event takes place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in a different park located within the city. 

There are four more Kid A’Riffic sessions, at the following locations: 

  • July 10 at Morningside Park - 1600 Dandridge Rd. 
  • July 17 at Fountain City Park - 117 Hotel Rd. 
  • July 24 at West Hills Park - 410 N. Winston Rd. 
  • July 31 at World’s Fair Park - 910 World's Fair Park Dr. 

Kid A’Riffic is a collaboration between multiple City departments, including Special Events, Public Service, Parks and Rec. Come to Kid A’Riffic before the summer ends for a morning of fun activities and games! 

8. Early Voting Starts June 12 

Early voting for the upcoming August 1, election begins this Friday, July 12, and runs through Thursday, July 25. 

For early voting locations, go to the Knox County Election Commission’s website.  

This is a Federal and State Primary, and a Knox County General Election. Offices on the ballot are: 

  • US House of Representatives, District 2 
  • TN State Senate, District 6 
  • State House of Representatives, Districts 14-16, 18, 19, 89, and 90 
  • State Executive Committeeman, District 5 
  • State Executive Committeewoman, District 7 
  • County Commission, Districts 1, 2, 4-6, 8, and 9 
  • Property Assessor  
  • Law Director 
  • Board of Education, Districts 2, 3, 5, and 8 

Visit Knox County’s website for more information.  

9.  Neighbors, We Have a Litter Problem 

Here in Tennessee, there are an estimated 88 million pieces of litter on our roads and in our waterways.  

Some facts:  

  • Most of the litter is recyclable products, such as paper and plastic.  
  • Local roads – not state routes or highways – have 80% of the litter in Tennessee. 
  • Intentional litter has increased 18% since 2016.  
  • Litter negatively affects not only the environment, but also human health – chemical leaching and micro-plastics present huge problems for us.   

The best way to handle litter is to prevent it where it starts. You can dispose of waste by recycling, taking it to hazardous waste facilities, or putting it securely in the trash. 

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) organizes litter cleanups throughout the city, and they also lend supplies to individuals or groups that would like to clean up their communities.  

For more information about what you can do to make a difference, please visit KKB’s website.  

10.  Vendor Applications Are Open for Pride Fest 

Knoxville’s Pride Fest 2024 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 12-6 p.m. at World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.  

If you’d like to be a vendor at this exciting event, applications are open until Sunday, Sept. 1.  

Please note: The fee gets you a 10×10 booth space, but you will need to provide your own tent, table, chairs, or any other setup items that you may need. If you have special needs for your area, contact Knox Pride to discuss your options. Non-profit organizations, small businesses, and food trucks are all welcome at Pride Fest! 

For more information about Pride Fest 2024 or becoming a vendor at the event, please contact prid...@knoxpride.com.  

11.  Knoxville Neighborhoods Calendar (click link for online calendar) 

Call 865-215-3232 to include your neighborhood event or meeting in this Google calendar
  
Other Calendars 
Additional online calendars that cover events outside the neighborhood realm include: 

The City of Knoxville requires a permit to operate a short-term rental property. Details and a list of short-term rental permits are located on the City’s website here

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