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Gay Street honored for its vibrant mix of business and culture

Gay Street honored for its vibrant mix of business and culture

Local restaurants,  lofts, art galleries, even a movie theater- Gay Street in downtown Knoxville offers a vibrant mix of business and culture.

Now, the American Planning Association has named Gay Street one of the 10 Great Streets for 2012.

The non-profit highlighted the preservation efforts, and Gay Street's impact on Knoxville's economy and arts scene.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says this is a fabulous honor.
The city will celebrate next month at a special presentation in Krutch Park -- before the Celebration of Lights ceremony.

Gay Street named one of 10 Great American Streets for 2012

Gay Street named one of 10 Great American Streets for 2012

From the City of Knoxville: Gay Street, with its mix of history, rebirth and pedestrian friendliness, has been named one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 by the American Planning Association. 

The APA, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization, designated Gay Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the organization's Great Places in America program, which recognizes exceptional character and promotes the role planning and planners have in adding value to communities. 

Downtown Knoxville Gets a Fall Spruce-Up

Downtown Knoxville Gets a Fall Spruce-Up

From the City of Knoxville:  Visitors to Downtown Knoxville this fall will see several improvements to the landscape and streetscape. Crews from the Public Service Department have been busy on Market Square and Gay Street, along with help from several local businesses. 

City leaders, business owners meet to discuss Cumberland Ave. project

City leaders, business owners meet to discuss Cumberland Ave. project

The City of Knoxville met with Cumberland Avenue business owners Tuesday evening to present updates and take questions on the Cumberland Corridor project.

The project is designed to improve traffic patterns on the strip while also making it more attractive and accessible to the public.

New drawings and design decisions from the past year were presented to those in attendance. Various city officials also took questions from concerned business owners concerning everything from turn movements, construction timetables and rights-of-way.

Walk your human, pick up litter, and earn rewards

Walk your human, pick up litter, and earn rewards

It's a way to get some exercise, keep your walking path tidy, and earn rewards.

"I walk about 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day. I have my pedometer on," Susie Stout said.

She's not just walking. Susie Stout is also picking up litter.

"I did Turkey Creek Greenway one time and I got 34 gallons, that's one of the big black trash bags full," she said.

She's part of a Keep Knoxville Beautiful program called Green Miles.

Allison Teeter is Executive Director.

Driver hits 3 cars before crashing into Sunspot

Driver hits 3 cars before crashing into Sunspot

Knoxville police say a driver's failure to yield caused him to hit three cars, then crash through a restaurant while people were inside.

It happened at Sunspot on Cumberland Avenue at the UT Strip.

Despite the damage to the restaurant and all the cars, police say no one was seriously hurt.

Officers ordered that driver to court.

Gay Street's new solar powered parking meter installed

Gay Street's new solar powered parking meter installed

Mayor Madeline Rogero showed off Gay Street's newest green machine on her Facebook page Monday afternoon.  Here's what she says about downtown's new parking meters: