Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29th Update - Cumberland is Open for Business and Brooks!

That's right, Cumberland Avenue is open for business and welcomes Garth Brooks fans and concert goers to visit to Cumberland!

Cumberland Merchants have coordinated a special scavenger hunt via social media.
Clues will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and on

The clues will help you find where to locate a photo of Garth (hint: somewhere on Cumberland Avenue).

When you find Garth, take a selfie with Garth and post to Twitter @VisitCumberland or on

On Monday, all of the tweets and posts of Selfies With Garth  will be pooled and three winners will be drawn.

Winners will receive an item or items donated by Cumberland Avenue Merchants.

So, have fun, visit Cumberland and take your Selfie With Garth!


Check out WBIR's coverage of the event here.

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Update

Date: Wednesday, June 3
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 get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project. 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue. Bring a neighbor or a fellow co-worker.

KAT offers Fare-Free Rides! 

KAT to Offer Fare-Free Boardings along Cumberland Avenue

“Cumberland Avenue is open for business, and KAT is the best way to get to it and through it.”  This is the message that the City of Knoxville and KAT want to send with the new Cumberland Connect Free Fare Zone program, to begin June 1.

Anyone catching a bus along Cumberland – From Gay Street to West Volunteer – can board fare-free starting June 1st.  All stops in the zone are designated with a bright round sign, indicating a fare-free boarding location.
“This is great for the many people who work in the UT and downtown areas,” says Dawn Distler, Director of Transit. “Instead of worrying about any construction-related congestion, they can just relax, check e-mails or plan the day, and enjoy the ride on the way to work, then get a free ride home.  It’s also great for anyone coming to businesses along Cumberland.  KAT can get you there and back easily and inexpensively.”

The promotion is intended to attract more people to transit, and thus relieve congestion through Cumberland, as well as provide easy access to businesses along the corridor during the City's ongoing construction and redesign project.

"The Free Fare Zone will help people get to and from Cumberland Avenue during the construction, it will support the merchants there, and it will help reduce traffic," Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "It's also a reminder that public transit is a great resource for our city."

The Cumberland Free Fare Zone will be in effect during the length of the construction project. For more information, visit

For more information on this news release, contact Belinda Brill at (865) 215-7828.

As always, thanks for your interest in Cumberland Avenue and have a safe and fun filled weekend! 

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