Plans advance for Tennessee Smokies stadium in Knoxville’s Old City

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The project to bring a new Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium to the Old City in Knoxville took two big steps forward this week.

On Thursday, Knoxvillle Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs jointly announced the appointments of seven people to the newly formed Sports Authority that would oversee the repayment of debt incurred in the stadium’s construction.

The announcement advances the partnership of the city and county in the venture, and comes on the heels of a compromise proposed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, lawmakers and local leaders that would provide a $13.5 million state grant to avoid having to expand the sales tax district that will collect money to pay back construction debt.

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