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Knoxville hopes input creates support for new homelessness plan

By Eleanor Beck, WBIR

It's been eight years since Knox County and the City of Knoxville released what became a controversial, and ultimately shelved, plan to tackle issues surrounding homelessness. Now a new proposal is on the table.

The Salvation Army is serving up free lunch Friday on Market Square

The Salvation Army is serving up free lunch Friday on Market Square

The Salvation Army of Knoxville will be on Market Square Friday serving free soup to the public to spread the word about it's Soup and Shelter Club.

The Salvation Army's 2013 Souper Bowl is taking place the Square from 11:30am to 1pm.  There is no charge for the lunch, but donations are appreciated.  

Future Use of Historic Knoxville High School Public Meeting Jan. 29

Future Use of Historic Knoxville High School Public Meeting Jan. 29

There will be a public meeting about the future use of Historic Knoxville High School on January 29 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. John's Lutheran Church located at 544 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917.

For more information and to RSVP for the meeting, contact Leslie Fawaz, AIA at leslie@communitydc.org or the Community Design Center 865-525-9945.

More about the Community Design Center is available at www.communitydc.org.

Architect who designed several notable buildings in Knoxville has died

Architect who designed several notable buildings in Knoxville has died

The man who designed some of Knoxville's most visible buildings has died. Modern architect and World War II Air Force veteran Bruce McCarty passed away Saturday.

During his long career in Knoxville, he worked on designs for several notable buildings including the City-County building, Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, the Bank of America building, UT's Hodges Library and Humanities Complex, and the Knoxville waterfront.

Market Square marketers change leadership

Market Square marketers change leadership

The Market Square District Association, or MSDA, held elections this week and is expected to start new plans in 2013.

Chyna Brackeen, the newly elected president, said the board did not meet quorum at its last meeting, so it could not elect officers. 

Brackeen said the new board has 11 members who will  be looking into how they can best serve  members, including business owners, property owners, and residents.

Local market square business owners said they are happy to hear about the upcoming changes.

Women in Black continue push for end to Middle East violence

Women in Black continue push for end to Middle East violence

As the violence continues in the Middle East, the Knoxville area Women in Black continued their push for an end to the violence at their weekly peace rally.

Each Tuesday the group of women gathers outside the Duncan Federal Building to call for peace between Israel and Palestine. They started more than 10 years ago.

The group is made up of both Israelis and Palestinians, and people of a variety of faiths. They wear black as a symbol of mourning and stand in orderly silence to say the violence needs to stop.

City officials show plans for redeveloping North Gay Street to the public

City officials show plans for redeveloping North Gay Street to the public

The City of Knoxville envisioned a plan to connect Downtown Knoxville while designing a plan for North Gay Street. City officials showed off and reviewed their plans with the public on Wednesday afternoon.

The design calls for a narrower street, sidewalk repairs, landscaping, underground utilities, and more. If approved, this would complete the improvement project for all of Gay Street, stretching from the Gay Street Bridge to Emory Place.

City planners hope the work better links the area to the core of the city.