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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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    Latex Paint Can Be Solidified and Discarded Starting March 1st

    Posted: 02/23/2018

    City of Knoxville officials are reminding all residents that beginning March 1, 2018, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site located within the Solid Waste Management Facility, 1033 Elm St., will no longer be accepting latex paint.  Read More

  • Winners of the 36th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Winners of the 36th Annual Orchid Awards Announced

    Posted: 02/21/2018

    On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at the Standard, 416 West Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN. The event honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties by presenting awards in six different categories: redesign/reuse, outdoor space, new architecture, public art, restaurant/café/bar/brewery, and environmental stewardship.  Read More

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    311 Center for Service Innovation Wins Teamwork Award

    Posted: 02/20/2018

    The City of Knoxville’s 311 Center for Service Innovation has won the 2018 Teamwork Award bestowed annually by the Government Contact Services Community of Practice, an organization that promotes networking and the exchange of effective practices among customer-service oriented governmental entities. Read More

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    City Names Recipients of Historic Preservation Funds

    Posted: 02/16/2018

    The City of Knoxville’s Community Development Department has selected six projects to receive funding from the Historic Preservation Fund for the 2018-19 budget year. City Council voted to approve the spending on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Read More

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    Registration Now Open for 2018 Neighborhood Conference

    Posted: 02/15/2018

    Neighborhood leaders, supporters and residents who want to learn more about the value of strong neighborhoods are invited to The Neighborhood Conference, being held Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriott, 501 E. Hill Ave. Read More

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    Storm Drain Installation Rescheduled on Lyons View Pike

    Posted: 02/14/2018

    Because thunderstorms, drizzle or at least a chance of spotty showers are predicted over 10 of the next 12 days, a planned storm drain installation across Lyons View Pike near Harley Drive has been postponed. Read More

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    Love Kitchen's Helen Ashe passes

    Posted: 02/13/2018

    Below is a statement from Mayor Madeline Rogero on Helen Ashe, co-founder of the Love Kitchen, who died today after 32 years of service to the community through the nationally acclaimed East Knoxville food pantry. Read More

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    Mardi Growl Set for March 3, 2018

    Posted: 02/12/2018

    Young-Williams Animal Center will celebrate the 11th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival downtown on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Read More

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    Last Week to Purchase Orchids Awards Tickets

    Posted: 02/12/2018

    On Tuesday February 20, 2018, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at The Standard, 416 West Jackson Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, February 15th. Read More

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    City Holds Budget Retreat Feb. 9, 2018

    Posted: 02/09/2018

    Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff today presented a mid-year budget review and status reports on major City initiatives to City Council. Read More

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    Improvements Planned at Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

    Posted: 02/08/2018

    Coming soon to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum: New seats! New lights! New ice floor! Read More

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    2017 Year in Review Report Available Online

    Posted: 02/08/2018

    In 2017, City of Knoxville employees completed hundreds of projects and delivered a wide range of services – everything from patching potholes and building sidewalks and greenways, to coordinating more than 1,500 festivals, concerts and other special events, to police officers and firefighters responding to emergencies. Read More

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    Storm Drain Installation to Close Section of Lyons View Pike

    Posted: 02/07/2018

    Weather permitting, City Public Service Department crews will be installing a storm drain across Lyons View Pike near Harley Drive, beginning Saturday, Feb. 17. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Saddened by Death of Beloved Penguin

    Zoo Knoxville Saddened by Death of Beloved Penguin

    Posted: 02/06/2018

    Zoo Knoxville is saddened to announce the death of beloved zoo ambassador “Gypsy” African penguin.  Read More

  • Library to Host Eudora Welty Discussion Series

    Library to Host Eudora Welty Discussion Series

    Posted: 02/06/2018

    Knox County Public Library is pleased to present Daring Greatly: the life and short fiction of Eudora Welty. Led by Professor Edward Francisco, this three part weekly reading/discussion series runs February 13-27 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library.  Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Feb. 10, 2018

    Posted: 02/05/2018

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

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    Grainger Ave. Bridge Work, Expect Intermittent Blasts

    Posted: 02/02/2018

    Residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Grainger Avenue Bridge, located near the intersection of Grainger Avenue and Sixth Avenue, can expect to hear short, intermittent blasts on Monday, Feb. 5, as crews move forward in the bridge replacement project. Read More

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    City Grants Boost Creation of Affordable Housing

    Posted: 02/02/2018

    The City of Knoxville has allocated two grants from its Affordable Rental Development Program to assist in the construction of rental housing for low- and moderate-income tenants. Read More

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    Construction Will Temporarily Limit Travel on Park West Boulevard

    Posted: 02/02/2018

    As part of an ongoing expansion and construction project for Parkwest Medical Center, travel on Park West Boulevard will temporarily be effected for two weeks.  Read More

  • Pace Rolls Into Knoxville, Offering Modern Dockless Bike Sharing

    Pace Rolls Into Knoxville, Offering Modern Dockless Bike Sharing

    Posted: 02/01/2018

    Pace, the dockless bike share service of choice for America’s smart cities and colleges, launched today in Knoxville, Tenn., making 200 smart bikes available for residents, students and visitors to make on-demand trips with just a tap on their smartphones. Read More

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    Remote Area Medical Kicks Off Five Day Medical Clinic

    Posted: 01/30/2018

    Remote Area Medical - the largest nongovernmental provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free high-quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families is coming back to Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building located at 3301 East Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. RAM’s 900th clinic will operate from Wednesday, January 31 through Sunday, February 4.  Read More

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    City Accepting Community Agency Grant Applications

    Posted: 01/26/2018

    The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in receiving a Community Agency Grant (CAG) for Fiscal Year 2018-19, which begins July 1, 2018.  Read More

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    City Seeks Grant Applications from Providers of Homelessness Services

    Posted: 01/26/2018

    Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, the City of Knoxville will begin accepting applications for grants to fund programs that work to reduce and end homelessness in Knoxville. Applications will be available at www.knoxvilletn.gov/development (under “Homeless Grant” at the top of the page), and completed forms are due to the City of Knoxville's Community Development Department by Friday, Feb. 23. Read More

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    Knoxville Wins U.S. Conference of Mayors Award, Grant

    Posted: 01/26/2018

    On Thursday, Jan. 25, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced Knoxville as the 2018 1st place medium-sized city winner in the Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant program, sponsored by the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.  Read More

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    Community Development Annual Action Plan Meeting Set for Feb. 5, 2018

    Posted: 01/25/2018

    The City of Knoxville is developing its Annual Action Plan Update to its Five Year Consolidated Plan for the proposed use of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for program year 2018-2019. Read More

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    Next PARC Meeting This Week, Jan. 25, 2018

    Posted: 01/23/2018

    PARC Executive Director Clarence Vaughn and members of the Police Advisory & Review Committee will hold their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2018 at Knox County Education Association (KCEA), 2411 East Magnolia Ave. Read More

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    Public Auction of Impounded Vehicles Set for Feb. 5, 2018

    Posted: 01/22/2018

    The sale will be held at the Vehicle Impound Lot On Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road (formerly BMX Blvd) beginning at 10:00 A.M on Feb. 5, 2018. Read More

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    Scripps Networks Donates New Overlook at Lakeshore Park

    Posted: 01/22/2018

    The Lakeshore Park Board and Mayor Madeline Rogero announced today that Scripps Networks Interactive has donated $3,000,000 to Lakeshore Park for the construction of a new scenic overlook at Lakeshore Park to be named in honor of pioneering home and garden cable network HGTV. Read More

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    Nominations Sought for City's Next Poet Laureate

    Posted: 01/22/2018

    The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is inviting nominations for the next Poet Laureate for the City of Knoxville. Read More

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    Dragon Lights Festival Expected to Bring Tens of Thousands to East Knoxville

    Posted: 01/19/2018

    Dragon Lights, Knoxville’s first-ever Chinese lantern festival, will be held at Chilhowee Park & Expostion Center from March 16 – April 22, 2018.  Read More

  • New 2018 State Maps Now Available from TDOT

    New 2018 State Maps Now Available from TDOT

    Posted: 01/19/2018

    The official 2018 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers.  Read More

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    Lakeshore Park & City to Announce Major Gift for New Project at Park

    Posted: 01/19/2018

    On Monday, January 22, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., Dee Haslam, Chair of the Lakeshore Park Board, and Mayor Madeline Rogero will announce a major corporate gift to Lakeshore Park and plans for a new scenic overlook that will be constructed with the gift. Read More

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    South Knoxville Town Hall Meeting Set for Feb. 3, 2018

    Posted: 01/19/2018

    Officials who represent South Knoxville at the state and local levels will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 3, at South-Doyle Middle School, 3900 Decatur Drive. Read More

  • KUB Utility Work Closes Roads Through Jan. 24, 2018

    KUB Utility Work Closes Roads Through Jan. 24, 2018

    Posted: 01/19/2018

    Due to utility work, KUB will have road closures on Hollywood Rd., Kingston Pike, Walnut St. and Piney Grove Church Rd. Read More

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces Orchid Awards Nominees

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces Orchid Awards Nominees

    Posted: 01/16/2018

    On February 20th , 2018 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner, honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art. Read More

  • KUB Utility Work Road Closures on Blackstock Ave. & Piney Grove Church Rd.

    KUB Utility Work Road Closures on Blackstock Ave. & Piney Grove Church Rd.

    Posted: 01/16/2018

    Due to utility work, KUB will have road closures on Blackstock Ave. and Piney Grove Church Rd. Read More

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    Streetscape Work Next Week to Close 1 Block of North Central Street

    Posted: 01/12/2018

    Next week, beginning Monday, Jan. 15, North Central Street will be closed to through traffic between Depot and Magnolia avenues. Read More

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    West High Graduate Returns to Speak About Racial Discrimination Faced 50 Years Ago

    Posted: 01/12/2018

    A West High School graduate who recently shared his story of racial discrimination as a student on StoryCorps, a series of audio interviews broadcast on National Public Radio and archived at the Library of Congress, will make his first visit to the school since graduating more than 50 years ago. Read More

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    City Services Schedule for MLK, Jr. Holiday 2018

    Posted: 01/11/2018

    City of Knoxville offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Read More

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    Construction at Solid Waste Transfer Station Begins Jan. 16, 2018

    Posted: 01/11/2018

    Upgrades will be made to the City’s Solid Waste Management Facility, 1033 Elm St., beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 2. Read More

  • Zoo Knoxville Has Third Consecutive Record Attendance Year in 2017

    Zoo Knoxville Has Third Consecutive Record Attendance Year in 2017

    Posted: 01/10/2018

    Zoo Knoxville welcomed 495,055 visitors in 2017, setting a new attendance record for the third year in a row and exceeding the record set in 2016 by 21,376 people.  Read More

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    A Fresh Perspective of City Parks with New Drone Footage

    Posted: 01/10/2018

    Online viewers can now observe spectacular East Tennessee landscape from higher vantage points, thanks to new drone footage of City of Knoxville parks. Read More

  • Join the Knox County Public Library to Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Birthday

    Join the Knox County Public Library to Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Birthday

    Posted: 01/09/2018

    Join the Imagination Library and Knox County Public Library to celebrate Dolly Parton’s birthday on January 19 at 10:30 a.m. Read More

  • KUB’s Project Help Spreads Warmth During Cold Winter Months

    KUB’s Project Help Spreads Warmth During Cold Winter Months

    Posted: 01/09/2018

    With the cold winter months ahead, many families will struggle with the cost of heating their homes.  Read More

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    Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Jan. 13, 2018

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue. Read More

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    Police Chief Rausch Joins Top Leaders On Council to Curb Crime Through Investments in Kids

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    This month, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime organization of over 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors, announced the organization’s new National Leadership Council comprised of nearly 30 elite law enforcement leaders and violence survivors from around the country. Read More

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    Engaging Neighbors Class Filling Up Fast, Deadline Jan. 12, 2018

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    Applications for the Office of Neighborhoods’ “Engaging Neighbors to Develop Stronger Neighborhoods” are still being accepted through Jan. 12, but the class is filling up fast. Read More

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    Jan. 16, 2018 Deadline Is Approaching for Good Neighbor Nominations

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    Nominations for the Neighbor of the Year are open and will be accepted through Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Read More

  • Library Presents Dr. Fletcher for Books Sandwiched In Program Jan. 24, 2018

    Library Presents Dr. Fletcher for Books Sandwiched In Program Jan. 24, 2018

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    Knox County Public Library invites the public to join UT alumnus Dr. Jason Fletcher for a discussion of his book The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future at noon on Wednesday, January 24 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Read More

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    Short-Term Rental Permits Now Available in Knoxville

    Posted: 01/03/2018

    Beginning this week, Knoxville residents wishing to operate a short-term rental unit can apply for a permit from the City of Knoxville, provided they meet the conditions in the City’s newly adopted short-term rental ordinances. Read More

  • KUB Lane Closures for January 3-12, 2018

    KUB Lane Closures for January 3-12, 2018

    Posted: 01/03/2018

    KUB will have lane closures on Union Ave., W. Church Ave. and Piney Grove Church Rd. Read More

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    Cuccaro & Vaughan Selected to 40 Under 40

    Posted: 01/03/2018

    Congratulations to two great members of our City of Knoxville team for their selection to Knoxville Business Journal's "40 Under 40"!  Read More

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    King Week Celebration Jan. 5-Jan 15, 2018

    Posted: 01/02/2018

    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

  • County Offers Winter Weather Safety Tips

    County Offers Winter Weather Safety Tips

    Posted: 01/02/2018

    As temperatures in the teens and single digits continue the next few days, please take time to check on homebound seniors and anyone who may not be able to easily care for themselves. Read More

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    North Central Street Project Stakeholders Meeting Scheduled Jan. 11, 2018

    Posted: 01/02/2018

    Representatives from the City of Knoxville, Amec Foster Wheeler construction engineering inspections services, Vaughn and Melton civil engineering firm, Southern Constructors Inc. general contractor, Hedstrom Design landscape architecture, and Central Street residents, merchants and property owners will meet on Jan. 11, 2018 at the City's Public Works Service Center (3131 Morris Ave.) at 5 p.m. Read More