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Happy birthday, Knoxville! The Scruffy City turns 230

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Happy birthday, Knoxville! October 3 marks 230 years since the city of Knoxville was formally named.

The city’s early history began with James White, Knoxville’s founder. He established his home on what were hunting grounds belonging to the Cherokee natives in 1786 as a cluster of cabins and a fort.

In 1791, it was decided the community would become the capital of the Southwest Territory (which would later become the state of Tennessee in 1796). President George Washington had appointed William Blount to preside as the territory’s governor in 1790, and in the summer of 1791 Blount negotiated the Treaty of Holston with the Cherokee at the future site of Knoxville.

Knoxville almost ended up being established in Roane County at what would become known as Kingston. Blount wanted to set up the capital near where the Tennessee and Clinch rivers meet, but was unable to convince the Cherokee to hand over ownership of the lands.

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New concert series at the Sunsphere

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Visit Knoxville, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Born & Raised Productions, will host a four-part concert series “Sunsphere Sundays” at World’s Fair Park in October. The live music series kicks off Sunday, October 10, with pop rockers COIN. Concerts continue through Sunday, October 31, with American folk rock band Dawes, Brooklyn-based country artists The Lone Bellow, and eight-piece soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones (respectively). Tickets start at just $10. Shows are sold individually. Tickets are already on sale. A portion of all sales benefit the Sunsphere Fund. For tickets and information, go here.

  • 10/10 – COIN
  • 10/17 – Dawes
  • 10/24 – The Lone Bellow
  • 10/31 – St. Paul and The Broken Bones

The Sunsphere has served as an iconic feature of the Knoxville skyline since it was built for the 1982 World’s Fair. Like other World’s Fair structures including the Eiffel Tower (1889) and the Seattle Space Needle (1962), Knoxville’s Sunsphere is the only structure of its kind in the world. The Sunsphere Sundays Concert Series informally kicks off the 40th anniversary celebration of the Knoxville World’s Fair taking place in May 2022. Concertgoers can expect some surprises throughout the four-part series.

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State approves phase 1 of Neyland Stadium renovations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Neyland Stadium is one step closer to some upgrades for the 2022 season.

The State Building Commission approved phase 1 of the stadium’s renovations on Sept. 9, according to Tom Satkowiak, the University of Tennessee’s associate athletic director for communications.

These renovations include upgrades to three sections of the stadium.

The first is adding a video board to the north side of the stadium. The project’s website said this addition will deliver “a particularly meaningful upgrade for fans seated in the south end zone” and offer “a more immersive and expanded experience” to those seated in the upper-north deck area.

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Beck Cultural Exhange Center to open museum honoring Knoxville artists

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is working to create a new international museum to celebrate black artists from Knoxville. When members of The Beck Cultural Exchange Center were working to purchase the home that was right next door to their building, they weren’t aware of the history that lay within.

Now, they’re hoping to open its doors for the world to experience a piece of Knoxville History. If you drive by 1935 Dandridge Avenue, you’ll see an old boarded-up home. Many wouldn’t think twice when passing by.

New Knoxville trail connects Mary Vestal Park to Fort Dickerson Park

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) — A new trail has opened within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. It runs along Blount Avenue and connects Mary Vestal Park to Fort Dickerson Park at the lower Augusta Quarry entrance.

The trail is 0.3 miles long. Legacy Parks joined together with Contour Trail Design and City of Knoxville crews to create the trail. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club provided funding for the portion of the trail located on city property.

“Parks and trails are an important part of a community. When parks and neighborhoods are connected by safe walking and biking routes, it allows all members of the community access to outdoor recreation,” explained Carol Evans, Legacy Parks’ executive director. “The closer you live to a park, the more likely you are to use it. And we are happy to help improve access to our wonderful parks and trails.”

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BYOB as you experience the Tennessee River — and game day — with new Knoxville Cycleboats

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Whether you are a biker, a beginner or just along for the booze, Knoxville Cycleboatswill be able to accommodate you and up to 19 friends with a new pedal-driven experience on the Tennessee River.

Similar to the self-driven, multi-person bicycle cabs found in larger cities, the vessel coming to Knoxville’s main waterway will allow customers to party as they pedal.

Cruises will set sail from Volunteer Landing Marina starting Sept. 15, roughly two weeks before the University of Tennessee football team begins SEC play.

Why Knoxville? Why now?

The boats are coming to town via Chicago Electric Boat Co., whose owner, Ron Silvia, is expanding outside Illinois for the first time.

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Phase one of inclusive playground coming to Maryville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The first part of an inclusive playground will soon be opening in Maryville at the John Sevier Park.

The project has been something Kathy McGee has been working on for a few years as the vice president of Arc of the Great Smokies.

“We don’t have a playground in this area for at least 25 miles that has full inclusive capabilities,” shared McGee.

Arc of the Smokies, The Lions Club, and Blount County Parks and Recreation almost have phase one of the playground finished. McGee says just a few finishing touches are needed, like adding a surface to the ground and hanging up the swings.

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Nourish Knoxville’s Saturday Farmers’ Market returning to Market Square

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Locally grown produce and handmade crafts are returning to Market Square this weekend for Nourish Knoxville’s Saturday Farmers’ Market after months at a different location.

The market had been relocated to Mary Costa Plaza for Saturdays last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in order to allow for social distancing; adjusting its farmers markets between the two locations on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Now, the market will be held in Market Square both days of the week.

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Fountain City Park and Lake set to be donated to Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Fountain City Park and Lake have been donated to Knoxville and on Tuesday, July 2nd, the City Council will vote on whether the city will accept the donation.

A release from a City of Knoxville spokesperson said Mayor Indya Kincannon has recommended that city accept the donation.

“If City Council is agreeable to accepting the Lions Club’s generous offer, we look forward to bringing Fountain City Park into the City’s system as our 93rd park,” said Parks and Recreation Director Sheryl Ely. “We’ll do the Lions proud by continuing what they lovingly started more than 50 years ago.”

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Knoxville drivers ranked 16th best in the nation

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Knoxville drivers are ranked among the best in the nation, according to a new report.

To compile the list of best and worst drivers, Quote Wizard analyzed data from two million car insurance quotes from drivers in the top 70 cities in the country. They evaluated cities on the number of accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations. Cities rated among the worst were those with the highest rate of incidents, and the best driving cities had the lowest rate of incidents.

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