The Neighborly Notice - Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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The Neighborly Notice

Vol. 17, No. 18 – Tuesday, May 7, 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-2024-05-07

1.  It’s Vestival Y’all!
2.  NAC Meets Tomorrow May 8
3.  KPD Holds West District Commander Forum
4.  Fire Department Offers Open House
5.  Get Ready for Open Streets
6.  Parks & Rec Launches New Interactive Map and Webpage
7.  Visualize the City’s Tree Canopy with TreeKeeper
8.  Health Department Shares Free Diabetes Management Sessions
9.  Applications Now Open for Youth Health Board
10.  CAC Hosts Senior Job Fair
11.  What is No Mow May, Low Mow Spring?
12.  Trees Knoxville Plans May Tree Walk
13.  Knoxville Neighborhoods Calendar (click link for online calendar)

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1.  It’s Vestival Y’all!
 
Vestival, a festival in Vestal put on by the Vestal Arts and Heritage Association, will be this Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the historic Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Ave.
 
There will be a line-up of local musicians on two different stages, craft vendors, food vendors, kid’s activities, and more.  This event is rain or shine. Admission is free.
 
While you are there, you can tour the historic Candoro Marble Building, which was the site of the South Knoxville Marble Company that employed many people during its peak.
2.  NAC Meets Tomorrow May 8
 
The Neighborhood Advisory Council will be meeting Wednesday, May 8, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room in the City County Building. 
 
This meeting will feature Kasey Krouse, the City’s Urban Forester, who will speak to the group about next steps in the Urban Forest Master Plan implementation.
 
All are welcome to attend. For more information or if you have questions, contact Debbie Sharp at 215-4382 or dsh...@knoxvilletn.gov
 
The NAC members are appointed by the Mayor to:
 
  • Give advice and feedback on the programs and policies of the Office of Neighborhoods;
  • Bring neighborhood issues and concerns to the attention of the Mayor and City Administration;
  • Propose to the Administration responses and solutions to address these concerns; and
  • Serve as a sounding board for City initiatives and proposals affecting neighborhoods.
 
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.
 
3.  KPD Holds West District Commander Forum

The Knoxville Police Department (KPD) will hold their West District Commander Forum on Wednesday, May 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, 3131 Morris Ave.

The goal of the forum is to meet with neighbors and discuss current crime and ongoing issues within the West District.  They will then discuss what the department is doing to resolve those issues as well as ways neighbors can help.

West District Captain Tracy Hunter and support staff will be there to hear and address residents’ concerns.
 
The boundaries of KPD’s West District are roughly I-275 to the east and Knoxville city limits to the west and north. You can review the Field Operation District Beat Map here.
 
For more information, please call 215-7042.
 
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.


4.  Fire Department Offers Open House
 
The Knoxville Fire Department will host a free Open House on Friday, May 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Station, 600 Summit Hill Dr.
 
Come and meet your community firefighters, enjoy a station tour, inspect a firetruck, learn community CPR, and more.  Light refreshments and prizes will be provided.
 
All are welcome to join.
5.  Get Ready for Open Streets
 
Bike Walk Knoxville will be hosting their annual Open Streets Knoxville on Sunday, May 19 from 2 – 6 p.m. This year the Open Streets will be in the Happy Holler business district which is near North Central Street and Emory Place.
 
Open Streets aims to connect community members with local business and organizations to create a space for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, dance, and have fun in a safe and car free setting.
 
N. Central St. from Oklahoma Ave. to Fourth Ave. will be shut down to motorists as well as the first block of Tyson Rd. off N. Central St. from 2 – 6 p.m. so plan accordingly.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
6.  Parks & Rec Launches New Interactive Map and Webpage
 
The City of Knoxville’s Parks and Rec department, in partnership with Knox County and the Town of Farragut, recently released a new greenway map
 
The printed map highlights popular parks and greenways in our area. Copies are available at the Parks & Rec office at Lakeshore Park, the Visit Knoxville Visitor’s Center on Gay Street, and at community Centers.
 
The City also has a new Get Outside website, which will help connect people to webpages specific to activities, places, and locations.
 
Also, there is an interactive map of the parks in the City, County, and Farragut on KGIS.
There you will be able to scroll in and out to see additional details at a specific location.
 
Check out these new tools for your next adventure outside. 
7.  Visualize the City’s Tree Canopy with TreeKeeper
 
The City of Knoxville keeps up with their Tree Canopy, the amount of tree coverage in the city, with a software called TreeKeeper.
 
TreeKeeper is a unique, user-friendly tool that allows users to view tree canopy data, prioritize new planting locations for the community, and plan design projects within the community.
 
As the City and its partners in the Knoxville Urban Forest Master Plan pursue the goal of increasing the city’s tree canopy from 38 percent to 40 percent by 2040, this tool is a great way to monitor and track activities and results.
 
8.  Health Department Shares Free Diabetes Management Sessions
 
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has a free three-part series covering diabetes management on Thursday, May 9, 16, and 23 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the KCHD, 140 Dameron Ave.
 
The three-part series will have different topics each week on information about diagnosis, healthy eating, physical activity, medications, and day-to-day management.
 
To register, call 865-215-5170.
 
KCHD also offers these classes online for those who are unable to come in person. 
The online classes can be found on the website.
 
KCHD is the first health department in Tennessee to achieve national voluntary accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board. KCHD is dedicated to ensuring the conditions in which every resident can be healthy.
9.  Applications Now Open for Youth Health Board
 
The Knox County Health Department’s Youth Health Board is accepting applications from Knox County high school students. Students on the Youth Health Board gain life experiences that they can take with them into college and their daily lives.
 
Monthly meetings feature guest speakers and volunteer opportunities that enable students to explore and act on issues affecting our community such as mental health, emergency preparedness, physical activity, nutrition, and adolescent health issues.
 
Applications are due no later than Friday, May 10.
 
Visit the Youth Health Board page to learn more about the program and to submit an application. For more questions about this program, please email Taylor Evans at Taylor...@knoxcounty.org.
 
Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is the first health department in Tennessee to achieve national voluntary accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board. KCHD is dedicated to ensuring the conditions in which every resident can be healthy.
 
10.  CAC Hosts Senior Job Fair
 
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) Senior Employment Services will hold a Senor Job Fair on Wednesday, May 8, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, at the O’Conner Senior Center, 611 Winona St.
 
Are you over 50 and looking for a job? Job seekers should bring copies of their resume and be prepared to fill out job applications. 
 
For more information, contact Brenda Tate at Brend...@knoxseniors.org.
 
The Senior Employment Service and the Senior Community Service Employment Program provide free assistance to seniors looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. Services include resume writing, application assistance, employment workshops, and job referrals.
 
The Senior Employment Service and the Senior Community Service Employment Program are programs of the CAC Office on Aging.
 
11.  What is No Mow May, Low Mow Spring?
 
Are you interested in protecting our pollinators (butterflies, insects, and bees)? 
Did you know that allowing early bloomers to flower can help our butterflies, insects, and bees in the spring?
 
Are you a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation, a Tennessee Smart Yards with the UT Institute of Agriculture, or do you have some other environmental certification? If so, you can skip the mowing in May or lower your mowing this spring. 
 
The City of Knoxville requires yards to be mowed regularly so your yard cannot just be overgrown and called a wildlife habitat.  In order for the City not to send you a codes violation, be sure that your certification plaque is visible and for best practices, keep the pollinator beds ‘landscaped’ with boarders.  There also needs to be space between your pollinator beds and your neighbors’ yards as well as any sidewalks. 
 
So why mow less in the spring?
 
The start of the growing season is a critical time for hungry, newly emerged native bees. Floral resources may be hard to find, especially in urban and suburban landscapes. By allowing it to grow longer, and letting flowers bloom, your lawn can provide nectar and pollen to help your bee neighbors thrive.
 
Mowing less creates habitat and can increase the abundance and diversity of wildlife including bees and other pollinators.
 
You do not need to go a full month without mowing. Mowing every two or three weeks can increase flower blooms and provide food for hungry bees.
 
The City of Knoxville has been Certified as a Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation since 2017.  To learn more about this program, you can visit the City’s website.
 
If you have questions, please email Debbie Sharp at dsh...@knoxvilletn.gov.
12.  Trees Knoxville Plans May Tree Walk
 
Join Trees Knoxville for their monthly Tree Walk Thursday, May 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2743 Wimpole Ave.
 
Put on your walking shoes and come to hear from tree experts. This month’s Tree Walk will be led by Lee Rumble, a University of Tennessee Extension Agent. He will be guiding the group around the arboretum to discuss ways trees respond to their environment.
 
Trees Knoxville is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the reach and health of the urban forest in Knoxville and Knox County through tree planting, tree preservation, education, and invasive species removal. They curate trees thoughtfully to maximize beauty, function, longevity, and ecosystem health.
 
If you have any questions, email in...@treesknoxville.org.
13.  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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