Talk of the Town

Tim-BurchettBy:  Martha Woodward

Do you have something you want to discuss with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett? He has been busy hosting a series of constituent meetings to give citizens the opportunity to meet one-on-one and speak individually with him about issues that are important to them. These meetings are open to the public. You will have an opportunity to speak your mind or give your opinions. For more information call 215-4357.

More Meeting times and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, March 20 – 1 to 2 p.m. – Carter Senior Center, 9036 Asheville Hwy

Thursday, March 21 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Karns Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Hwy

Monday, March 25 – 1 to 2 p.m. – O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St

Tuesday, March 26 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union 102, 1216 N Broadway


Better pay attention to the new parking hours on Gay Street starting March 11 or you could get a ticket. The City of Knoxville announced it will begin enforcement of Gay Street’s new parking hours between Summit Hill Dr. and the Gay St. Bridge. The new hours are intended to ensure better turnover of parking spaces during high-demand times, providing more convenience for downtown visitors and businesses. From Summit Hill Drive south to the Gay Street Bridge, the enforced hours will be as follows: Between 6 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week, parking will be limited to a maximum of two hours. If you have ever tried to park in this area, you will know that before the City got serious about this problem, some folks left their cars in the same spot for months.


Organizing a date to encourage shoppers at one of the businesses hurt by the construction of the new bridge has come to be called the Knox Cash Mob. This idea is being led by Mayor Tim Burchett. Be sure to follow Knox Cash Mob on Facebook and Twitter for cash mob updates.


Beware: You Probably Haven’t Won a Prize. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be aware of receiving unsolicited calls from individuals claiming that you have won money or prizes. You know it is a scam when the caller asks you to supply a money order, to wire money, or to place funds on a prepaid card and then supply the card’s code. The caller will say that the money you are paying is for taxes, legal fees, or transportation of the prize. Please do not agree to meet with anyone who claims that you have won a prize. These individuals are not local, but want you to believe that they are in Knoxville with your prize.


If you receive a similar call, the KCSO strongly encourages you hang up the phone.  Companies will not ask you for anything if you have truly won a prize. Knox County has experienced an increase in calls from individuals claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. If you receive such a call, Publishers Clearing House ask that you contact their fraud department at 1-800-645-9242, option 5. The KCSO can be reached at (865) 215-2243. Never give out personal information to strangers over the phone.


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