Monday, September 23, 2019

September 23rd Update

Helping Light the Way

The City of Knoxville, in support of the University of Tennessee and the University's celebration of 225 years, will be installing some new banners along Cumberland Avenue for the month of October and ending after Homecoming weekend (November 2). 

To minimize disruption to traffic flow along the street, Traffic Engineering crews will install the banners from 4-5 AM on Tuesday or Wednesday, September 24 or 25, weather dependent. Traffic during this time can use the side streets to access White or Lake Avenues and continue on their way. Only one lane of traffic will be blocked at one time. Thanks to the team in Traffic Engineering for helping with this celebration!



For more on the history of the University, some interesting stories and a list of events visit: https://225.utk.edu/ 

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting


Date: Wednesday, October 2

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include plans for Homecoming 2019, updates on private development, and opportunities to promote this district! 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend!

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue have a wonderful week!

Friday, August 30, 2019

August 30th Update...It's Football Time in Tennessee

Happy Labor Day Weekend - lots happening! 


The Tennessee Volunteers take on the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, August 31st at 3:30 PM at Neyland Stadium - Go Vols! Here are some resources to help you prepare for a safe and fun-filled Game Day.





Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting



Date: Wednesday, September 4

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include plans for Homecoming 2019, parking for home football games, updates on private development, and opportunities to promote this district! 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend!

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, August 2, 2019

August 2nd Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting


Date: Wednesday, August 7

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include CAMA Officer elections, introducing the new CAMA Intern, parking 
for home football games, updates on private development, and opportunities to promote this district! 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend!

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association Intern (2019-2020)

CAMA is pleased to welcome Owen Flomberg to the position of CAMA Intern for the next year! Owen has an impressive background in helping organizations grow and organize and a lot of great qualifications including helping build a locally owned business, volunteering, and having a real estate license! We could go on, but it may be best to hear it in his own words:

"Hello! My name is Owen Flomberg and I am a rising senior at UT studying Political Economy with a focus on Development and minoring in Business Administration. I am also on a pre-law track and will be applying to law schools this fall! On campus, I am involved with several organizations including the KAPi Pre-Law Fraternity, Student Government, Swipe Out Hunger, and the Campus Events Board. I am from Knoxville and grew up coming to the Cumberland Ave area and seen the many changes that have taken place here. I am super excited to meet y'all and working with CAMA this year!"


Friday, July 26, 2019

July 26th Update

WORK TO IMPROVE ADDITIONAL CUMBERLAND AVENUE INTERSECTIONS 
TO BEGIN MONDAY, JULY 29

(From Knoxville Communications)

            Work will begin Monday, July 29, on the Cumberland Avenue Intersection Improvements Project that will replace traffic signals and curb cuts, update street lighting and also create new crosswalks.

            The nearly $1.4 million project is funded as part of a contract between the City and the University of Tennessee, with UT funding half the cost. The project is expected to be completed in winter 2020.

“It is always exciting when the University of Tennessee and the City of Knoxville are able to jointly collaborate on a project that benefits the entire community, which improves the aesthetics of Cumberland Avenue and also greatly enhances safety in this area,” said Jeff Maples, UT Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

            The project will replace traffic signals and curb cuts at the following intersections along Cumberland Avenue: Phillip Fulmer Way, Circle Drive and 13th and 11th streets.

            Additionally, new decorative crosswalks and new street lights will be installed along Cumberland Avenue between 16th and 11th streets.

            The crosswalks and other improvements in the project will match the aesthetics of the completed Cumberland Avenue Streetscape Project. The traffic signals will be hung on mast arms rather than span wires, which means fewer overhead wires and much improved aesthetics. Mast arms are also less vulnerable to wind and weather.

            Drivers are encouraged to be aware of occasional lane closures on Cumberland Avenue between 16th and 11th streets during the construction project. Signs will be posted in advance of any lane closures.

            This latest project is part of ongoing efforts to better connect UT and downtown Knoxville along the Cumberland Avenue corridor.

            A parking agreement between UT and the City that began in 2018 allows public parking in UT’s Terrace Avenue Garage in the evenings and on weekends on all levels of the garage, which has 1,000 parking spots. The public parking helps fill a growing parking need in the Cumberland Avenue area for merchants and the general public.

            Knoxville Area Transit has served UT since the free trolley system began in the late 1980s. UT subsidizes a portion of the trolley services.

            The contractor for the intersection improvements project is Southern Constructors Inc.

For questions contact City Engineering at 865-215-6100.



Friday, July 19, 2019

July 19th Update

FORT SANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD STREET CLEANING AND UPGRADES PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND

Reminder for everyone living in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood: The last phase of street cleaning and fresh markings happens this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, on streets running east-west in the Fort Sanders Area (weather dependent).
Parking on several streets will be temporarily restricted as part of the City street maintenance project, and signs are being posted in advance of the work. Project hours for the street maintenance will begin Saturday, July 20, at 6 a.m. and will end Sunday, July 21, at 6 p.m.

For more information, please visit here



As always, have a safe and enjoyable weekend - thanks for your interest in all things relating to Cumberland Avenue.

Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting



Will not meet July 3 due to the holiday and travel schedules.

Date: Wednesday, JULY 10th - NOTE moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include information about street cleaning and updates in Fort Sanders and upcoming marketing opportunities with UT.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend! 


City of Knoxville Events: 

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn

When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Where: World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, north of Cumberland Avenue along 11th Street

Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero; staffs from the Public Building Authority, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Christman Co. and the City Special Events Office; additional project contractors and participants

 City officials will mark the official opening of the newly renovated Performance Lawn at the south end of World’s Fair Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Participants include representatives from the project team members: the Public Building Authority; McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Inc.; Ross/Fowler; Fulghum, Macindoe, & Associates, Inc.; Vreeland Engineers; and Christman Co.

The $2.5 million project updated water and electric service, improved drainage, and added new sod, pervious paver hardscaping and an enlarged entry area and gates.

The Performance Lawn and the greenway that borders it have been closed to public use since January. The first event to use the lawn will be the City’s Festival on the Fourth on Thursday, July 4.

After Festival on the Fourth, the performance lawn will be closed to complete construction in between scheduled events.

CELEBRATE WITH THE CITY AT FESTIVAL ON THE FOURTH



The City of Knoxville hosts the community-wide Festival on the Fourth celebration at World’s Fair Park on Thursday, July 4, 4-10 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy free activities, live music and the City’s largest fireworks display.  

This year’s festival also marks the debut of the park’s improved Performance Lawn. The $2.5 million project updated water and electric service, improved drainage, and added new sod, pervious paver hardscaping and an enlarged entry area and gates.

“We’re excited to host this family-friendly holiday event,” says City Special Events Director Judith Foltz. “The new lawn is a wonderful addition for both the Festival on the Fourth as well as future events in World’s Fair Park.”

Festival on the Fourth features a variety of entertainment, activities and food vendors on the Performance Lawn, Festival Lawn and inside the Tennessee Amphitheater.

Live family entertainment on the Home Federal Bank Family Fun Stage at the Tennessee Amphitheater includes:

n  4:15 - 4:45 p.m.: K-Pop Dancers
n  5 - 5:45 p.m.: Dre Hilton
n  6 - 7 p.m.: The Amazing Magic Show with Tim Pressley

Activities in the Regal Kids Zone on the Festival Lawn include mini-golf, a water balloon game, Legos by Bricks 4 Kids, a climbing wall and a Eurobungy trampoline. Families can also enjoy face painting and a photo booth.

On the park’s Festival Lawn Stage, Bary Jolly performs Jimmy Buffet’s songs from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., followed by classic rock covers by the Bicho Brothers from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Music on the Performance Lawn Stage begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Stoney Point Bluegrass Band.

At 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 35th annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert featuring KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian begins its performance. Patriotic favorites from Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and John Williams will be performed.

The program will showcase tributes to the 75th anniversary of D-Day with selections from "Saving Private Ryan" and the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing with selections from the score of “Apollo 13.”

The City’s largest annual fireworks display begins at 9:35 p.m. The Symphony’s performance and fireworks display will be broadcast live on WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WBIR.com from 8-10 p.m.

Free parking is available in the 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street and Market Square garages, as well as the City’s Blackstock lots on Grand Avenue. ADA parking is available at the Fort Kid parking lot on World’s Fair Park Drive.

Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets, but no coolers, alcohol, pop-up tents, canopies or pets will be allowed. In addition, scooter vendors will activate geofencing around the fair site to prohibit scooters from entering.
Be advised of the following festival-related road closures:
n  World’s Fair Park Drive between Clinch and Grand avenues will be closed 2-11 p.m. Thursday;
n  Clinch Avenue between Henley and 11th streets will be closed 2-11 p.m. Thursday; and
n  Henley Bridge between Hill and Blount avenues will be closed 4-11 p.m. Thursday.
This annual event happens rain or shine. Visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/4th for additional information.


Other holiday closures

City offices, Parks and Recreation centers and indoor pools will be closed Thursday, July 4. Outdoor pools will be open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and resume normal schedules on July 5. Cecil Webb Recreation Center will be closed Friday. West Haven Recreation Center will be closed the full week, July 1-7.

Residential garbage and recycling pick-ups will continue as scheduled; Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only days of the year when residential curbside trash and recycling are not picked up as scheduled. 

City recycling centers will be open July 4, however, Goodwill attendants will not be on site to accept household goods donations. 

The City's Solid Waste Management Facility at 1033 Elm Street will be closed July 4. Free Day for city residents will be held on its normally scheduled day of Saturday, July 6.

Knoxville Area Transit will suspend bus and trolley service on July 4, and the Customer Service Counter will be closed. Regularly scheduled services resume July 5. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 13 Update

Update on Fort Sanders Improvements

We're sharing a new update on the Fort Sanders Neighborhood Street Maintenance Project.
Because of the recent rains, City crews were unable to complete last weekend (June 8-9) all their street cleaning and upgrades for the north-south streets in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood.
City crews will complete the north-south streets in Fort Sanders during the weekend of Friday, June 14, from 4 p.m. through Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.
Information signs will be posted once again. Street maintenance on the east-west streets of the neighborhood remain as planned for the weekend of July 20-21.
Please read the blog post for a full description and maps of the Fort Sanders Neighborhood street maintenance project.