Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory – Hey!, Lakemoor Hills Wins Achievement Award

Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory – Vol. 7, No. 9  – Friday, February 28, 2014

1.  Don’t Miss the City-Wide Neighborhood Event of the Year!

2.  Seven Finalists for Good Neighbor of the Year Award

3.  Six Neighborhood Groups to Receive Achievement Awards

4.  Awards Luncheon Schedule — and Parking

5.  Save the Dates: City to Offer ‘Fight the Blight’ Workshop

6.  Mayor Rogero Joins Community Leaders in Violence Prevention Efforts

7.  KKB to Launch “Beautification Mobs”

8.  KAT to Consider Options on Routes 10 and 90

9.  Maryville College Offers “New Opportunity School for Women”

10.  Neighborhood and Government Calendar

Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods to report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods.

1.  Don’t Miss the City-Wide Neighborhood Event of the Year! Everyone interested in the health and vitality of Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods should plan to attend the City of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon at the Knoxville Convention Center onSaturday, March 8. Register online here: are the top 10 things you will miss if you do not attend: *** A free box lunch (if you register by 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 5… see below). *** Loads of brochures and information provided by city agencies and some nonprofits. *** Knoxville’s well-regarded spoken word artist and slam poet Joseph “Black Atticus” Woods, who will perform two dynamite and lightning-fast poems about neighbors and community. *** A 10 a.m. morning reception (complete with coffee, tea and juices), during which you will get a chance to meet and talk with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, key members of her staff, and other neighborhood advocates. *** A totally fun and interactive small group discussion (11 a.m.-noon) about low-cost and no-cost ways to jazz up your neighborhood and create a sense of community among your neighbors. *** Excellent soothing and conversation-inducing background music (keyboard and violins) provided by high-school-age students of the Mount Olive Music Academy. *** At the luncheon itself (starting at 12:15 p.m.), the celebration and recognition of neighborhood achievement and good neighbors (see articles below).*** Use of an old-fashioned Community Bulletin Board where neighborhood activists can seek advice, post a want-ad for needed resources, and offer their own expertise to others. *** Meeting and networking with members and leaders of other neighborhood groups, and making connections that can be mutually beneficial across the spectrum of Knoxville’s great neighborhoods. *** A dramatic conclusion to the event with high-energy African drums played by students of Mount Olive Music Academy. Visit to register online. Or call Tina Belge at 215-3077 to have a hard copy of the form mailed to you. Encourage your members and neighbors to register. Registrations received or postmarked by 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, will be guaranteed a box lunch. After that time, you can still register — and on-site registrations are welcome on the day of the event — but you may not get a lunch.

2.  Seven Finalists for Good Neighbor of the Year Award Seven Knoxville neighborhood residents will be honored as finalists for the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award at the City of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Awards and Networking Luncheon on Saturday, March 8. The seven were nominated by their neighbors in response to a call from the Office of Neighborhoods in early January. All will be honored, but only one will receive the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award, named for the late Diana Conn of the Old Sevier Community, is presented annually to a Knoxville resident who — in a spirit of cooperation and with commitment to inclusive community — has devoted time and talent in service to his or her neighbors and neighborhood. The finalists are (in alphabetical order by first name): — Betty Jo Mahan, Inskip Community Assn. (Asociación de la Comunidad de Inskip) — Bruce and Tracy Martin, Delrose Drive Neighborhood Watch — Calvin Chappelle, Parkridge Community Organization — Gerry Moll, Fourth and Gill, The Bird House — Kathy Hitchcox, South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association — Travetta Johnson, Parkridge Community Organization Attend the March 8 luncheon to find out why these seven individuals were considered by their peers to be good neighbors… and to see which of them will be named the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year.

3.  Six Neighborhood Groups to Receive Achievement Awards

Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association — faced with the federally mandated inevitability of an unsightly cell phone tower at the entrance to the neighborhood — nevertheless negotiated its way to the best possible outcome, turning a lemon into lemonade. Lakemoor Hills Homeowners Association, a mainly county neighborhood that includes city residents as well, worked through privacy issues to better utilize modern technology to secure the neighborhood against crime.  Lyons View Community Club, by creating key partnerships to upgrade its community center and playground, increased involvement by neighbors in the organization. Parkridge Community Organization managed to support a butterfly garden, revive a tour of historic homes, hold a street fair, and transform an ugly freeway underpass into an inviting work of art, all in the same year. South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association completed several major projects in 2013, including an outdoor classroom, certification as a community wildlife habitat, and a program to honor police, fire, postal and other service workers. Finally, Western Heights Residents Association jumped at the chance to partner with an outside organization to build a proud community that is prepared to “take back the neighborhood.” All six of these neighborhood groups will receive Neighborhood Achievement Awards at the Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon on Saturday, March 8.

4.  Awards Luncheon Schedule — and Parking

Here is the schedule for the March 8 luncheon: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.:  Morning Reception Come early to enjoy fruit juice, coffee or tea as you meet and greet other neighborhood activists, city staff, members of Knoxville City Council, and other elected officials. Pick up information at booths staffed by city agencies and nonprofit organizations.11 a.m.-Noon:  Small Group Discussion Participate with others in a guided discussion to share ideas on positive projects to strengthen your neighborhood and build a strong sense of community. 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Awards Luncheon Enjoy a free box lunch and lively conversation, and then celebrate with Mayor Madeline Rogero as she presides over the presentation of Neighborhood Achievement Awards and the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award. This event will be held on the Cumberland Avenue side of the Knoxville Convention Center (KCC). Across Cumberland, there will be free parking at the Poplar Street Parking Lot. Parking is also available at Church Street United Methodist Church, though the cost may be up to $5 for the day. On the far side of the KCC, free parking will be available in the Locust Street Garage.

5.  Save the Dates:  City to Offer ‘Fight the Blight’ Workshop

Starting April 17, the Office of Neighborhoods, in coordination with various city departments, will conduct a four-session workshop focused on the challenges we face with blighted properties and how to better work together to address them. Neighborhood group representatives and other active citizens will learn how and why properties become blighted, examine the details of city code enforcement, and hear about public and private efforts that address blight. Participants will have opportunities to share views and concerns about blight and the city’s response, and find solutions for these properties at the neighborhood level as well as in collaborative efforts with the city. The workshop will be held in the early evening over the course of four Thursdays starting April 17 and continuing through May 8. Exact time and location are still to be determined. The Office of Neighborhoods will begin taking applications for this workshop next month.

6.  Mayor Rogero Joins Community Leaders in Violence Prevention Efforts

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero this week led a delegation of local community leaders to a National League of Cities conference on violence prevention and strategies for building safe, healthy and hopeful communities. The conference, called “Cities United: A Convening of Mayors Committed to Eliminating Violence-Related Deaths of African-American Males,” was held in New Orleans earlier this week. Mayor Rogero joined 20 mayors and 225 local officials and staff from 37 cities at the inaugural Cities United meeting. The purpose of the initiative is to promote achievement and reduce violence-related deaths among African-American men and boys. It is also in line with the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday, which will focus on key moments in the lives of young black men where interventions have been shown to have the greatest impact — for example, making sure children arrive at school ready to learn, and reducing negative interactions with the criminal justice system. “Since last summer, I have been meeting with a small advisory group of local ministers, community leaders, Councilman and former Mayor Daniel Brown and Police Chief David Rausch to study issues related to violence in our local neighborhoods and to talk about how to best coordinate our resources and efforts,” Mayor Rogero said. “As in many other cities, African-American males in Knoxville make up a disproportionate share of those affected by violence. This conference has given us a chance to learn from the experiences of other cities and help us think about the next steps we can take here.”

Accompanying Mayor Rogero to the conference were Thomas “Tank” Strickland Jr., the City’s Director of Community Relations; the Rev. Daryl Arnold, pastor of Overcoming Believers Church; the Rev. Dr. John A. Butler, pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and presiding elder of the Knoxville district; and Andre Canty, youth community activist and president of 100 Black Men of Knoxville. The delegation’s expenses were covered by the National League of Cities and the Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville. For Arnold, the need to form a strategy to address youth violence is both urgent and personal. He said he’s performed about 60 funeral services in the past decade involving young crime victims — most of them not members of his own church. Arnold said he is often sought out by victims’ families and considers the funeral services to be “an opportunity to raise questions and to refocus young people.” Butler agreed that a broad strategy with many partners is what’s needed. “We need to address the violence in our community with a community-based approach,” said Butler, who is also president of Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance and of the Knoxville NAACP. “We are learning how other cities have gotten their communities engaged. It needs to be a community-based solution, not just looking at government for a solution. That’s critical for me.” Mayor Rogero plans this year to broaden the discussion of black male achievement and violence prevention, with opportunities for public input and community outreach.

7.  KKB to Launch “Beautification Mobs”

Keep Knoxville Beautiful — the nonprofit organization that leads the charge against litter in our community — has come up with a new way to deal with littered and unsightly high-visibility roadside locations Inspired by the flash mob and cash mob method of calls to action, KKB will bring Beautification Mobs to life this spring with the help of Carex Design Group and volunteers throughout the area. The KKB Beautification mobs will identify and beautify public locations throughout the Knoxville area with trash cleanup, landscaping, and routine maintenance, focusing on highly visible locations in the City and County. KKB invites the community to nominate locations for KKB’s Beautification Mob and to participate as a volunteer.  Criteria for nomination and selection will include: ** unsightly vegetated spaces ** high visibility / high profile locations ** space limited in area (no more than 500 sf) ** suited to low-profile landscaping options ** owner(s) amenable to access ** volunteers willing to adopt, beautify and maintain Anyone may nominate a location by sending an email stating the details of the proposed location to KKB Executive Director Allison Teeters at Or call KKB at 521-6957 if you do not use email. Suggested locations for Beautification Mob attention will be screened and locations selected by the KKB Board of Directors and staff. Send in your suggestions and look out for updates

8.  KAT to Consider Options on Routes 10 and 90

Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) and the K2 Committee of the Knoxville Transportation Authority (KTA) will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in the community room of Knoxville Station, 301 Church Avenue, to begin a discussion on Route 10 (Sequoyah Hills). This group will be looking at the route to examine ways to improve its low ridership, and what options exist for the route. In addition, KAT will also consider a number of minor adjustments to Route 90 (Crosstown), including some schedule adjustments and a small routing change for improved service and connections. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input and suggestions for these routes. For more information, contact Lauren Robinson, KTA Secretary, at or at 215-7800.

9.   Maryville College Offers “New Opportunity School for Women”

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Maryville College is now accepting applications for its first summer residential program, which will be held on the Maryville College campus from July 13 through Aug. 2. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region. There is no cost to the women who are selected for NOSW. Eligible women are between the ages of 30-55 and live in any county of East Tennessee, including Knox County. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, a strong desire to get out of poverty and other oppressive circumstances, and a willingness to work toward further education and improved employment. Participants begin the program with three weeks in residence at Maryville College, July 13-Aug. 2, an intensive period of learning, life skills, job readiness, college readiness, and rebuilding self-esteem. The application, which is due before May 15, can be found on line here: ! Contact Linda Ueland, director of NOSW, at 865-981-8123, to have a hard copy of the application mailed to you.   10.  Neighborhood and Government Calendar Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 215-3232.  All government meetings will be held in either the Large or Small Assembly Room unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of meetings of various city boards and commissions, visit Also see: Community Events Calendar: If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to attend a public meeting, please contact Stephanie Brewer Cook at 215-2034 or no less than 48 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

Saturday, March 1 — 1:30 p.m. “The People Speak” Howard Zinn film on history of efforts to secure voting rights Panel Discussion, Reception, and Awards Presentation (Awards for essays on current issues about voting and citizen involvement) League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Rd. Vivian Shipe,, 617-8353

Monday, March 3 — 5 p.m. Knox County Board of Education – Work Session (Monday before the regular meeting and the third Mondays, except holidays or holiday weeks) First Floor Board Room, Andrew Johnson Building, 912 South Gay St. For agenda, work sessions, and other items: Visit Click on “Board of Education.”

Monday, March 3 — 5:30 p.m. Council of Involved Neighborhoods (COIN) (First Mondays, except holidays) CAC/L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave. Dave Gartner, 862-2066

Monday, March 3 — 7 p.m. Cedar Heights Residents Association (First Mondays) 5316 Cedar Heights Rd. or 765-1047

Tuesday, March 4 — 5 p.m. Dandridge Avenue Neighborhood Watch (First Tuesdays) Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. Lawrence Washington, 524-4498

Tuesday, March 4 — 6:30 p.m. Parkridge Community Organization (First Tuesdays) Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St. Jerry Caldwell, 329-9943

Tuesday, March 4 — 7 p.m. City Council (Every Other Tuesday) Agenda:

Tuesday, March 4 — 7 p.m. Mechanicsville Community Association (First Tuesdays) Fairview Recreation Center, 1628 Dora St. Charles Wright, 637-1802

Wednesday, March 5 — 5 p.m. Knox County Board of Education (First Wednesdays, except holiday weeks) Large Assembly Room, City County Building For agenda, work sessions, and other items: Visit Click on “Board of Education”

Thursday, March 6 — 8:30 a.m. City Tree Board (First Thursdays) Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. David Vandergriff, Tree Board Chair,

Thursday, March 6 — 4 p.m. Montgomery Village Resident Association (First Thursdays) 4600 Joe Lewis Rd. #175 Tonja Warren, 577-5555

Saturday, March 8 — 10a.m.-1:30.             Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon             For All City Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Organizations             Office of Neighborhoods             David Massey, 215-3232,

Monday, March 10 — 7 p.m. Town Hall East (Second Mondays in September, November, January, March and May) Guest Speaker: Mark Donaldson, Executive Director for MPC Fellowship Hall, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 409 Asheville Highway Mac Goodwin, 524-9954

Monday, March 10 — 5 p.m. Knox County Board of Education – Work Session *Rescheduled from March 17 (Monday before the regular meeting and third Mondays, except holidays or holiday weeks) First Floor Board Room, Andrew Johnson Building, 912 South Gay St. For agenda, work sessions, and other items: Visit Click on “Board of Education.”

Monday, March 10 — 3 p.m. Northgate Resident Association (Second Mondays) Social Hall, 4301 Whittle Springs Rd. David Wildsmith, 219-0417

Monday, March 10 — 5-6 p.m. Michael Meadowview Neighborhood Watch (Second Mondays) CAC East Neighborhood Center, 4200 Asheville Hwy. Marian Bailey, 525-5625   Monday, March 10 — 6 p.m. Cold Springs Neighborhood Watch (Second Mondays) Magnolia Ave. Methodist Church, 2700 Magnolia Ave. (Harrison St. Entrance) Terrell Patrick, 525-4833

Monday, March 10 — 6 p.m. Lyons View Community Club (Second Mondays) Lyons View Community Center, 114 Sprankle Ave. Mary Brewster, 454-2390

Monday, March 10 — 6 p.m. Vestal Community Organization (Second Mondays) South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Old Maryville Pike Newman Seay, 577-4593

Monday, March 10 — 6:30 p.m. Old North Knoxville (Second Mondays) St. James Episcopal, Parish Hall, 1101 N. Broadway Lauren Rider, 964-3905   Monday, March 10 — 6:30 p.m. Community Potluck Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization (Second Mondays) Central United Methodist Church, 210 Third Ave. Judith Neff, 567-7980

Monday, March 10 — 7 p.m. Belle Morris Community Action Group (Second Mondays) City View Baptist Church, 2311 Fine Ave. Rick Wilen, 524-5008

Monday, March 10 — 7-8 p.m. A Knox County Health Department presentation Fountain City Town Hall (Second Mondays, September-April) Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike Ken Cloninger, 688-6257,

Tuesday, March 11 — 11:45 a.m. Agenda Review, Metropolitan Planning Commission (Tuesday before MPC’s monthly meeting) Small Assembly Room, City County Building

Tuesday, March 11 — 2 p.m. Western Heights Resident Association (Second Tuesdays) Building to the right of the mail boxes when you enter Western Heights Jamesena Nolan, 237-5558   Tuesday, March 11 — 6 p.m. Brown Avenue Neighborhood Watch (Second Tuesdays) Hoitt Ave. Baptist Church, 2121 Hoitt Ave. Jimmy Ramsey, 637-0243   Tuesday, March 11 — 7 p.m. Mechanicsville Neighborhood Watch Association (Second Tuesdays) Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, College St. R. Bentley Marlow, 607-4357 Wednesday, March 12 — 11:30 a.m. Community Forum (Second Wednesdays) West Knoxville Library, 100 Golf Club Rd. Kingston Pike Sue Mauer, 690-0269   Wednesday, March 12 — 1 p.m. 100 Block Association (Second Wednesdays) Dewhirst Properties, 123 S. Gay St. Jody Freeman, 525-1554   Wednesday, March 12 — 4:30 p.m. Neighborhood Advisory Council, City of Knoxville (Every Second Wednesday, except July and December) CAC / L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave. David Massey, 215-3232 Thursday, March 13 — 1:30 p.m. Metropolitan Planning Commission (Second Thursdays) Agenda:   Thursday, March 13 — 5:30 p.m. City Council Workshop Knoxville City Council Workshop Topic: Proposed Homelessness Plan Main (Large) Assembly Room, City-County Building Michael Dunthorn, 215-3103   Thursday, March 13 — 6 p.m. Lonsdale Homes Resident Association (Second Thursdays) Community Building, 1956 Goins Dr. Phyllis Patrick, 323-7224   Thursday, March 13 — 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Greenwood Heights Neighborhood Watch (Second Thursdays) Corner of Buttercup Circle and Sundrop Dr. Alice Wershing at   Thursday, March 13 — 5:30 p.m. Knoxville City Council Workshop Topic: Proposed Homelessness Plan Main (Large) Assembly Room, City-County Building   Friday, March 14 — 6 p.m. Beaumont Community Organization (Second Fridays) Community Room, Solid Waste Transfer Station, 1033 Elm St. Natasha Murphy, 936-0139 Saturday, March 15 — 10 a.m. South Haven Neighborhood Association (Third Saturdays) Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave. Pat Harmon, 591-3958   Monday, March 17 — 7 p.m. Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association (Third Mondays except June, July, December) All are welcome to attend. Ronnie Collins, 637-9630   Monday, March 17 — 7 p.m. Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization Board Meeting (Third Mondays except January) Contact Judith Neff for Location Judith Neff,, 567-7980   Monday, March 17 — 7 p.m. West Hills Community Association (Third Mondays) Executive Committee: January, March, April, July, August, September, November, December. General Meeting: February, May and October First Church of the Nazarene, 538 Vanosdale Rd. Ashley Williams, 313-0282   Tuesday, March 18 — 6 p.m. Delrose Drive Neighborhood Watch (Third Tuesdays) Riverview Baptist Church, 3618 Delrose Dr. Corina and John Buffalow, 523-0102   Tuesday, March 18 — 6:30 p.m. Lonsdale United for Change (Third Tuesdays) Lonsdale Recreation Center, Stonewall Ave. Steve Ritter, 973-0877   Tuesday, March 18 — 7 p.m. Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association (Third Tuesdays, except December) Speaker: Ethiel Garlington, Director of Preservation Field Services, East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail   Thursday, March 20 — 8:30 a.m. Historic Zoning Commission (Third Thursdays)   Thursday, March 20 — 12 p.m. KUB Board of Commissioners (Third Thursdays, except July) Historic Miller’s Building, 445 S. Gay St. See Click on “About Us” at top of the page.   Thursday, March 20 — 4 p.m. City Board of Zoning Appeals (Third Thursdays) Small Assembly Room Pre-Agenda Meeting: 3 p.m. in Room 511 Thursday, March 20 — 6:30 p.m. Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting (Third Thursdays) Community Club House, 916 Shamrock Ave. at Henagar St.   Saturday, March 22 — 1 p.m. Burlington Homeowners & Residents Association Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Presentation, Knoxville Fire Department, Paul Trumpore Burlington Library, Asheville Highway Next Meeting: Mar.22 Kimberley Fowler,, 524-7094   Monday, March 24 — 1:45 p.m. (zoning at 5 p.m.) Knox County Commission (Fourth Mondays, January-October. Third Mondays, November-December) Agenda: Click on “Commission Agendas” Public Forum held at beginning & ending of meeting Zoning Issues heard starting at 5 p.m.   Monday, March 24 — 7-8:30 p.m. South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association Bi-Monthly Meeting (Fourth Mondays, odd months, except holidays) Woodlawn Christian Church, 4339 Woodlawn Pike Janice Tocher, 686-6789   Tuesday, March 25 — 6 p.m. Inskip Community Association (Asociación de la Comunidad de Inskip) Community Meeting (Fourth Tuesdays) Inskip Baptist Church, 4810 Rowan Rd. Betty Jo Mahan, 679-2748,   Tuesday, March 25 — 6:30 p.m. Chilhowee Park Neighborhood Association (Last Tuesdays) Administration Building, Knoxville Zoo Paul Ruff, 696-6584   Thursday, March 27 — 9 a.m. Special Events Community Meeting (Fourth Thursdays, January-October) “Meet with city services that may assist in planning your event.” Civic Coliseum Ballroom, Third Floor Free Parking available at Civic Coliseum Parking Garage Office of Special Events, 215-4248   Thursday, March 27 — 3:30 p.m. Better Building Board (Last Thursday, January-October. First Thursday, December) Small Assembly Room, City-County Building   Friday, March 28 — 9:30 a.m. Public Officer Hearing – Neighborhood Codes Enforcement (Usually held on the Friday following Better Building Board meetings) The PO considers action on violations of city’s building codes. Small Assembly Room, City County Building   Saturday, March 29 — 9 a.m. until last person is heard “Coffee with the Councilman” (Last Saturday of Each Quarter) Vice Mayor and First District City Council Member Nick Pavlis Bring your concerns or stop by to chat; open to all city residents. Roundup Restaurant, 3643 Sevierville Pike Nick Pavlis, 454-7216   Monday, March 31 — 5:30 p.m. Pembroke Condominium Association (Last Mondays, except May and December) Lobby of Pembroke, 508 Union Ave. Jessie Brown, 525-6500

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