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Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation has resources for low-income homeowners

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It is no secret that there’s an affordable housing shortage across the state. But Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation housing director said there is help for homebuyers.

Retha Patton, the housing program director for Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation, said more people in Tennessee could get housing assistance. She said the biggest problem is that people may not know how to get the help they need.


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Sports Authority approves agreements for downtown Knoxville stadium

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Sports Authority approved agreements for the development and the lease of the downtown baseball stadium on Tuesday.

The Knoxville City Council and the Knox County Commission created the Sports Authority to oversee the construction and financing of the downtown stadium.

The development agreement, once finalized, would be signed by both the Sports Authority and RR Land, LLC, the development group owned by Randy Boyd who also owns the Smokies — Tennessee’s baseball team.


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This day in history: SEC created in Downtown Knoxville hotel

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On this day, 89 years ago, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) was created in Knoxville.

The East Tennessee Historical Society posted that 13 member institutions west and south of the Appalachians formed the conference during a meeting on Dec. 8-11, 1932 at a hotel that is now the Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown on Gay Street.

The first 13 members were Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane and Vanderbilt, according to the historical society. Dr. Frank L. McVey of Kentucky was elected president of the SEC.


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Community gathers to give opinions on design for new East Knoxville Greenway

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville community members and city leaders met Tuesday evening to discuss design work for the East Knox Greenway, during a public meeting meant to gather input.

The new greenway is meant to stretch more than 2 miles and connect Harriet Tubman Park with the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Around $4 million for the greenway is being federally funded and administered through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The City of Knoxville is set to contribute $988,054 to build the new greenway.

The idea for the greenway comes from a 2016 study on the city’s greenways. An adjacent project will also connect Harriet Tubman Park to the Old City, according to officials at the meeting.

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Homes for Heroes® Assists 50,000th Hero with Buying a Home

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Homes for Heroes ® is proud to announce it has helped more than 50,000 heroes buy or sell a home. The organization is committed to its mission of giving back to community heroes in honor of service within their communities. On October 26, an officer with the Knoxville Police Department collected keys to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

With the help of Nikki Moore, a Real Estate Specialist and a former law enforcement officer herself, the officer and his family purchased a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, located in Knoxville. After being acquainted with Moore during her time in law enforcement, the officer approached Moore, who is with Realty Executives Associates Blevins Group, to help him purchase this home. The ability of the officer to earn part of the transaction back through Homes for Heroes Hero Rewards ® was an added benefit.

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Knoxville recovery community center construction underway

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Construction is underway on a brand new recovery community center coming to Knoxville. The Metro Drug Coalition is spearheading the project. They’re calling it The Gateway.

“A hub within the community for folks who are in early stages of recovery for substance use disorder to connect with others that may be in longer-term recovery, to continue their recovery process with supportive services,” said Karen Pershing, Metro Drug Coalition’s Executive Director.

The unfinished space will transform into training and counseling rooms, music and art therapy areas, and fitness and recreation centers. The idea is to bring resources to one location.

“It’s going to be a walk-in facility, so if someone comes in and they are in need of services, we’ll meet them where they are, try to get them connected to whatever it is that they need,” Pershing said.

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68,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital opens in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennova Healthcare and the Unversity of Tennessee have partnered together to open a new 68,000-square-foot, two-story facility for Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital.

It features a secured acquired brain injury unit with private dining and therapy gym, large interdisciplinary gyms and an exterior courtyard with several interactive activities. In addition, all the rooms will be private.
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Elo to open facility in Knoxville

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Elo, a provider of interactive touchscreen solutions, will open an 87,000-square-foot facility that will be home to warehouse, logistics, service, product configuration and other customer facing functions such as tech support and inside sales in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to a press release. The company expects to open the facility in the late summer of 2021, expanding Elo’s investment in Knoxville and will initially be home to 80 Elo employees, with plans to grow in the future.

“Expanding Elo’s footprint in the Knoxville area, near where we invented the first touchscreen 50 years ago, is a point of pride and a testament to the American innovation story,” Craig Witsoe, Elo’s CEO, said in the press release. “With the construction of our new facility in Hardin Valley well under way, Elo is deepening our roots in East Tennessee and reminding many that the Knoxville area is the birthplace of the touchscreen.”

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