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Hospital lot opens for public parking in Fort Sanders


(WBIR) A parking lot near Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center will now offer free evening and weekend public parking.

However, the lot will not be free during special events, including home football games.

The lot is located at the corner of 19th Street and White Avenue. The hospital agreed with the city of Knoxville to open the lot to help with the redevelopment of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

According to a release, the agreement doesn't cost the city anything.


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Downtown Knoxville dog park gets solar-powered upgrade


(WBIR) Downtown dogs and their owners have a new spot to enjoy at all hours, thanks to some green technology.

The City of Knoxville and PetSafe installed solar-powered lights in the dog park at Summit Hill Drive and Central Street.

Utility lines buried below the park made the stand-alone solar-power lights an ideal option.


Grease trap plans force two Market Square businesses to close


(WBIR-Downtown Knoxville) Changes are coming to downtown Knoxville next year as two longtime Market Square restaurants plan to close their doors for good.

Shonos in the City said Friday it will close in January for a number of reasons, one of which is new requirements for grease collection.

"(KUB) said I needed to have plan of action by September 9th to have my grease trap larger," said Willy Rosenberg, who owns Shonos. The closures may have been a decade in the making.

Cumberland Ave. redesign project delayed again


(WBIR - Downtown Knoxville) Plans to redesign Cumberland Avenue are delayed once again.

City of Knoxville officials announced Wednesday they will be putting the contract up for bid once again. Only one company submitted a bid to perform the work, and at $25 million dollars, it was well over the city's projected $11 million dollar budget.

The project will be put up for bid early next year, and the projected date to start construction will push back from early 2015 to summer 2015.

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KFD earns HAZMAT certification unique in Tennessee


(WBIR - Knoxville) The Knoxville Fire Department received an award at the city council meeting Thursday night for its HAZMAT capabilities.

The Tennesseee Emergency Management Agency presented KFD Chief Stan Sharp the award, which recognizes the department achieving the highest level of HAZMAT certification. The Knoxville Fire Department is the only fire department in Tennessee to earn that certification.

Chief Sharp credited the entire department for the years of work they put in to receive the certification.

KPD: Man driving through Knoxville carjacked, beat up by suspects


(WBIR) Knoxville police are looking for two people who beat up a man driving through town overnight and stole his rental car.

A 56-year-old South Carolina man said a man and a woman jumped into his car shortly after he exited I-40W around Western Avenue early Tuesday morning. He told KPD the suspects threatened to kill him, then drove him to an apartment and beat him up.

DA to take over case of UT football players accused of rape


(WBIR) The Knoxville Police Department has finished its investigation into two University of Tennessee football players accused of rape.

SEE: Report: Victim accuses Johnson, Williams of forcible rape