Neighborhood Advisory

Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory – Vol. 7, No. 31 – Friday, September 5, 2014


1.  Old North Announces Ice Cream Social, Dates for Home Tour

2.  National Night Out Set for Tuesday, October 7

3.  Neighborhood Advisory Council to Ponder Proposed Sign Ordinance

4.  Dow Seeks Application for $15,000 Dow Promise Grant

5.  South Knoxville Foundation Offers Fiscal Sponsorship

6.  Alliance Plans Saturday South at Ijams Nature Center

7.  Design Spaces for Seniors, People with Disabilities

8.  City Seeks Comments on Report of Expenditure of Federal Funds

9.  Knox Heritage Seeks Preservation Nominations

10.  Neighborhood and Government Calendar


Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods to report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods. Deadline for news & calendar items: 9 a.m. Friday.


1.  Old North Announces Ice Cream Social, Dates for Home Tour


Historic Old North Knoxville Inc. is holding its 19th Annual Ice Cream Social, and is inviting the city — especially other neighborhoods, government officials and candidates for public office — to join the fun.


The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Old North Knoxville Park,

416 E. Oklahoma Avenue. There will be several Mayfield ice cream flavors to sample. In addition, the Knoxville Fire Department is providing a fire truck for children to explore, and the Kickstand Community Bike Shop will make minor bike repairs and adjustments, as well as fit children for free bicycle helmets.


Meanwhile, Old North is asking everyone to save the dates for its 26th Annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour — Saturday evening, Dec. 6, and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7.


Old North Knoxville, Inc. was formed to preserve, promote and protect the neighborhood and the historic district.  The neighborhood includes the triangle bounded

by Woodland, Central and Broadway, along with a smaller area bounded by East Glenwood, Sixth Avenue, Cecil Avenue, and Broadway.



2.  National Night Out Set for Tuesday, October 7


National Night Out — scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 7 — is now just a month away, but there is still time to plan an event in your neighborhood.


During National Night Out, neighborhood groups host potluck suppers, picnics, and other events to celebrate the strength of community and to send a message to would-be thieves and con artists that neighbors watch out for one another.


This is a nationwide effort promoted by the National Association of Town Watch (, which suggests that the event be held either the first Tuesday of August or the first Tuesday of October. Due to the likelihood of thunderstorms in August, the Knoxville Police Department now observes the event in October each year.


You can register your event at KPD by notifying Brenda Hicks at 215-1510  This will ensure that KPD schedules officers to attend your event. Be sure to give the name of your organization, the type of event, the time your event will begin and end, and the exact location.



3.  Neighborhood Advisory Council to Ponder Proposed Sign Ordinance


The Neighborhood Advisory Council next week will hear presentations on proposed revisions to the Knoxville sign ordinance.


The NAC will meet from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. next Wednesday, September 10, at the CAC building, 2247 Western Avenue.


The revisions combined the work of a task force led by City Council Member Duane Grieve and input from the staff of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. The revisions are up for consideration at this month’s meeting of the MPC. That meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.


Here is a copy of the full agenda:


Here is a copy of the proposed revisions, along with a memorandum highlighting the more controversial provisions:


Presentations about the sign ordinance will be followed by a question-and-answer period.



4.  Dow Seeks Application for $15,000 Dow Promise Grant


Dow Chemical is now accepting applications for its Dow Promise grant, a program the company created more than 10 years ago to help area non-profit organizations implement projects specifically targeted at positively impacting the educational and economic challenges faced by African-American youth and adults in communities where Dow employees live and work.


Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (closing at 11:59 p.m. EST). The maximum that can be requested or awarded to an organization is $15,000.


Visit for additional information and to submit an application, or contact Gail Benner at 865-521-8441or



5.  South Knoxville Foundation Offers Fiscal Sponsorship


The South Knoxville Foundation has established a fiscal sponsorship program to partner with neighborhood and community-based organizations.


The Foundation, which is tax exempt, exists to bring together neighborhood organizations, businesses, developers, governments, and others to facilitate the planning and implementation of community development initiatives in South Knoxville.


Under the Foundation’s new program, fiscal sponsorship provides a legal framework to projects consisting of inclusion in the corporate, legal structure of The South Knoxville Foundation; federal and state tax exemption for tax purposes; state registration for fundraising; and the ability to receive tax-deductible contributions from donors.


Here are the requirements for assistance from the Foundation:

  • Projects must be located in South Knoxville.
  • Funds must be used for specific projects to facilitate the planning and implementation of community development initiatives in South Knoxville.
  • The Project must have a budget and timeline.
  • Projects cannot subsidize partisan organizations or programs that advance a particular religious belief.


For additional information and an application, email Jacqueline Arthur, South Knoxville Foundation Board of Directors, at



6.  Alliance Plans Saturday South at Ijams Nature Center


South Knoxville Alliance — a business and professional association — will host a “Saturday South” festival at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.


The event will include a hike through the Urban Wilderness, K-Town races, food, drinks, and live music. For more detail, visit and


The South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition (SKNBC) will operate an information booth at the festival to promote the neighborhoods and neighborhood groups in South Knoxville. This will include a map of the neighborhood associations, portions of SKNBC’s welcome packets that are presented to new homeowners, a list of the houses that are for sale south of the river, and an opportunity for anyone to write down why he or she likes South Knoxville.


The afternoon festival at Ijams will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Vestal Old-Time Square Dance at Candoro Marble, 681 Maryville Pike.




7.  Design Spaces for Seniors, People with Disabilities


The third annual East Tennessee Accessibility Symposium will showcase how to create accessible spaces for seniors and people with disabilities.


Sponsored by the City of Knoxville’s Office on Disabilities, the interactive show will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, October 3, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue.


Learn how to design for accessibility, how beneficial it is, and how easy and affordable it can be to provide when built into the design of a house, commercial building or other structure.  Experts in the design industry and people who benefit from accessibility will be on the program; they will address topics such as what people with disabilities need and look for, along with the building owner’s responsibility for providing it.


Lunch costs $5.00, and workshops with a continuing education credit cost $25. Visit to register or get detailed information about speakers and vendor display booths. Or call Stephanie Cook at 215-2034.



8.  City Seeks Comments on Report of Expenditure of Federal Funds


A draft of the City of Knoxville’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) will be available for citizen review and comment for a period of 15 days beginning this coming Monday, Sept. 8.


All comments must be received no later than September 22, 2014.


The report describes how the City of Knoxville utilized Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Shelter Grant funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.


Starting Monday, there are several ways to review the report:


** Browse to for a link to the draft report.


** The report will be available for review in the City’s Community Development Office, 5th Floor, City-County Building, 400 Main Street.


** The report can be mailed to interested parties upon request by calling Cicely Henderson in the Community Development Department at 215-2120.


Questions and comments about the draft report itself may be submitted to Linda Rust at (865) 215-2120 or . Or send comments via postal mail to City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN 37901.



9.  Knox Heritage Seeks Preservation Nominations


Knox Heritage is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards, given annually for outstanding contributions to historic preservation within Knox County.


The award ceremony will be held at the Knox Heritage Annual Meeting in the Bijou Theatre on Thursday evening, November 20.


Nominations can be submitted for residential or commercial projects of an historic nature (50+ years), completed within the past year, or for a citizen “who has significantly contributed to the furtherance of historic preservation in Knox County.”


A full list of eligible projects, the nomination form, and other details can be found Or call Knox Heritage at 523-0938.



10.  Neighborhood and Government Calendar


Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 215-3232.


Visit for a complete list of meetings of various city boards and commissions. See the 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 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend.


Monday, September 8 — 3 p.m.

Northgate Resident Association (Second Mondays)

Social Hall, 4301 Whittle Springs Rd.

David Wildsmith, 219-0417


Monday, September 8 — 4 p.m.

Love Towers Fellowship Association (First Mondays except holidays)

Love Towers Community Room; 1171 Armstrong St.

Tom Higens, 206-8908


Monday, September 8— 5-6 p.m.

Michael Meadowview Neighborhood Watch (Second Mondays)

CAC East Neighborhood Center, 4200 Asheville Hwy.

Marian Bailey, 525-5625


Monday, September 8 — 5:30 p.m.

Council of Involved Neighborhoods (COIN)

CAC/L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave.

Dave Gartner, 862-2066


Monday, September 8

Fountain City Town Hall (Second Mondays)

Board Meetings: 6 p.m. Monthly

General Membership Meetings: 7 p.m., February, April, September, November

Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike

Daniel Dunn, 387-6390,


Monday, September 8 — 6 p.m.

Cold Springs Neighborhood Watch (Second Mondays)

Magnolia Ave. Methodist Church, 2700 Magnolia Ave. (Harrison St. Entrance)

Terrell Patrick, 525-4833


Monday, September 8 — 6 p.m.

Lyons View Community Club (Second Mondays)

Lyons View Community Center, 114 Sprankle Ave.

Mary Brewster, 454-2390


Monday, September 8 — 6 p.m.

Vestal Community Organization (Second Mondays)

South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Old Maryville Pike

Newman Seay, 577-4593


Monday, September 8 — 6:30 p.m.

Parkridge Community Organization (First Mondays except holidays)

Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St.

Jerry Caldwell, 329-9943


Monday, September 8 — 6:30 p.m.

Community Potluck

Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization (Second Mondays)

Central United Methodist Church, 210 Third Ave.

Liz Upchurch, 898-1809,


Monday, September 8 — 6:30 p.m.

Old North Knoxville (Second Mondays)

St. James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1101 N. Broadway

Andie Ray, 548-5221


Monday, September 8 — 7 p.m.

Belle Morris Community Action Group (Second Mondays)

City View Baptist Church, 2311 Fine Ave.

Rick Wilen, 524-5008


Monday, September 8 — 7 p.m.

Town Hall East

(Second Mondays in September, November, January, March and May)

Fellowship Hall, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 409 Asheville Highway


Tuesday, September 9 — 11:45 a.m.

Agenda Review, Metropolitan Planning Commission

(Tuesday before MPC’s monthly meeting)

Small Assembly Room, City County Building


Tuesday, September 9 — 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, September 9 — 6 p.m.

Brown Avenue Neighborhood Watch (Second Tuesdays)

Hoitt Ave. Baptist Church, 2121 Hoitt Ave.

Jimmy Ramsey, 637-0243


Tuesday, September 9 — 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Norwood Neighborhood Watch – 6 p.m.

Norwood Homeowners Association – 7 p.m.

Monthly on a TuesdaySept. 9Oct. 7Nov. 4Dec. 16

New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1705 Merchants Road

Lynn Redmon, 688-3136


Wednesday, September 10 — 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Food Policy Council

(Second Wednesdays but check website for confirmation)

Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Avenue


Wednesday, September 10 — 11:30 a.m.

Community Forum (Second Wednesdays)

Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road

Sue Mauer, 690-0269


Wednesday, September 10 — 4:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Advisory Council, City of Knoxville

(Second Wednesdays except December)

CAC / L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave.

David Massey, 215-3232


Thursday, September 11 — 11 a.m.

Montgomery Village Residents Association (Second Thursdays)

4600 Joe Lewis Rd. #175

Ronnie Thompson, 604-6492, or Wendy Cavazos,


Thursday, September 11 — 1:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Planning Commission (Second Thursdays)



Thursday, September 11 — 6 p.m.

Lonsdale Homes Resident Association (Second Thursdays)

Community Building, 1956 Goins Dr.

Phyllis Patrick, 323-7224


Thursday, September 11 — 7-8 p.m.

Colonial Village Neighborhood Association (Second Thursdays)

South Knoxville Church of God, 5623 Magazine Road

Terry Caruthers, 579-5702,


Thursday, September 11 — 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Greenwood Heights Neighborhood Watch (Second Thursdays)
Corner of Buttercup Circle and Sundrop Dr.
Alice Wershing,


Friday, September 12 — 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m.

North Knoxville Business & Professional Association (Second Fridays)

Breakfast at 7:45 am, Meeting at 8 a.m.

Open to North Knoxville Residents, Neighborhood Groups, Business Owners

Meeting location varies

Becky Dodson,, 545-6750


Friday, September 12 — 6 p.m.

Beaumont Community Organization (Second Fridays)

Community Room, Solid Waste Transfer Station, 1033 Elm St.

Natasha Murphy, 936-0139


Saturday, September 13 — 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday South

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920


Monday, September 15 — 7 p.m.

Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association

(Third Mondays except June, July, December)

All are welcome to attend.

New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane

Ronnie Collins, 637-9630


Monday, September 15 — 7 p.m.

Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization

Board Meeting (Third Mondays except January)

“Birdhouse”/Fourth & Gill Center, 800 North Fourth Avenue

Liz Upchurch, 898-1809,


Monday, September 15 — 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, September 16 — 6 p.m.

Delrose Drive Neighborhood Watch (Third Tuesdays)

Riverview Baptist Church, 3618 Delrose Dr.
Corina and John Buffalow, 523-0102


Tuesday, September 16 — 6:30 p.m.

Lonsdale United for Change (Third Tuesdays)

Lonsdale Recreation Center, Stonewall Ave.

Steve Ritter, 973-0877


Tuesday, September 16 — 7 p.m.

Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association (Third Tuesdays, except December)

Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail


Tuesday, September 16 — 7 p.m.

City Council (Every Other Tuesday)



Wednesday, September 17 — Noon – 1 p.m.

Eastport / Lee Williams Neighborhood Watch (Third Wednesdays)

Lee Williams Senior Center

2240 M. L. King Jr. Avenue

Sylvia Cook, or 237-6940


Thursday, September 18 — Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. Meeting – 8 a.m.

East Knoxville Business & Professional Association (Third Thursdays)

Open to Neighborhood Residents and Leaders

Meeting location varies

Doug Minter,, Knoxville Chamber, 637-4550


Thursday, September 18 — 8:30 a.m.

Historic Zoning Commission (Third Thursdays)

Kaye Graybeal, 215-3795,


Thursday, September 18 — 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, September 18 — 4 p.m.

City Board of Zoning Appeals (Third Thursdays)

Small Assembly Room, City County Building

Pre-Agenda Meeting: 3 p.m. in Room 511


Thursday, September 18 — 6-8 p.m.

19th Annual Ice Cream Social

Old North Knoxville, Inc.

Old North Knoxville Park, 416 E. Oklahoma Avenue

Lauren Rider, 964-3905


Thursday, September 18 — 6:30 p.m.

Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (Third Thursdays)

Community Club House, 916 Shamrock Ave. at Henegar St.

Bill Hutton, 773-5228,


Saturday, September 20

9th Annual Mechanicsville Homecoming

10 a.m. – Community Parade

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Celebration at Danny Mayfield Park

Mechanicsville Community Association

David L. Gillette, Celebration Chair, 254-7319,


Saturday, September 20 — 10 a.m.

South Haven Neighborhood Association (Third Saturdays)

Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave.

Pat Harmon, 591-3958


Saturday, September 20 — 10 a.m.

Safety Fair at Safety City

Knoxville Police Department

165 S. Concord Street, Knoxville, 37919 (between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue)

Safety City, 865-215-7103


Monday, September 22 — 1:45 p.m. (zoning at 5 p.m.)

Knox County Commission

(Fourth Mondays, January-October. Third Mondays, November-December)

Agenda: Click on “Information” and then “Commission Agendas”

Public Forum held at beginning & ending of meeting

Zoning Issues heard starting at 5 p.m.


Monday, September 22— 7-8:30 p.m.

South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association

Bi-Monthly Meeting (Fourth Mondays, odd months, except holidays)

Woodlawn Christian Church, 4339 Woodlawn Pike

Shelley Conklin, 686-6789


Tuesday, September 23 — 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,


Thursday, September 25 — 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, September 25 — 3:30 p.m.

Better Building Board

(Last Thursday, January-October. First Thursday, December)

Small Assembly Room, City-County Building


Cheri Hollifield, 215-2119,


Thursday, September 25 — 7 p.m.

Old Sevier Community Group

(Fourth Thursdays, February-October)

Stanley’s Greenhouses, 3029 Davenport Road

Gary Deitsch, 573-7355,


Friday, September 26 — 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


Cheri Hollifield, 215-2119,


Saturday, September 27 — 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


Saturday, September 27 — 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Talking ‘Bout Health 100 Youthfest

Free workshops design to assist teens in making better health decisions

Bearden High School

Knox County Health Dept., TENNderCare Program and others

Reservations: 215-5087 or via


Monday, September 29, 2014 — 6-7 p.m.

Public Meeting – Northwest City Sector Plan

Online Survey:

Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike

Metropolitan Planning Commission

Jeff Archer, 215-3821,


Tuesday, September 30 — 6:30 p.m.

Chilhowee Park Neighborhood Association (Last Tuesdays)

Administration Building, Knoxville Zoo

Paul Ruff, 696-6584


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