|Cumberland Avenue Construction to be Rebid; City Remains '100 Percent Committed' to Corridor Project
City of Knoxville officials will be rebidding the contract for construction of the comprehensive Cumberland Avenue street redesign project, which will push the start of construction back from early 2015 to summer 2015.
Only one company had submitted a bid to perform the work, and that bid came in higher than budgeted. City consultants had estimated the construction work at about $11 million, and the sole bid was for more than $25 million. So the project will go out for rebid early next year after several elements of the bid package have been reworked.
Historic Preservation Fund RFP Now Online
Are you working to restore a historic house or building? You might qualify for financial help from the City's new Historic Preservation Fund! The Request for Proposals for the fund has just been posted on the City website. (See link below.) This was created in this year's budget, with an initial investment of $500,000. All applications are due by February 24, 2015.
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City Services Holiday Schedule; Offices Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
City of Knoxville offices will be closed Thursday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday and Thursday, January 1st for the New Year Holiday. Waste Connections, the city's household garbage and recycling collector will also be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Thursday, January 1st in observation of the holidays. There will be no garbage or recycling collection on either of these Thursdays. Collections will resume on Friday and pick-ups will be one day behind the regular schedule.
City of Knoxville and Transportation Planning Organization Win Smart Growth Awards
The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announced today that efforts to better serve Knoxville's mass transit needs and the City of Alcoa's redevelopment efforts have helped the region win two nationally competitive awards.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nov. 15-Feb. 15
Mayor Madeline Rogero is urging Knoxvillians without health insurance to learn about their options, as open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)begins Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15, 2015.
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|Christmas in the City
Come in festive holiday attire, and anticipate a crowd of 700 or more. Friday night's Tour de Lights Bike Ride is a fun, free, casual five-mile bike ride - starting at Market Square at 7 p.m. - that's become one of Knoxville's favorite holiday traditions. This year, for the first time, it's an official Christmas in the City event. Decoration judging begins at 6 p.m.; prizes are awarded after the ride in several categories, including Best Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Person, and Best Group Theme. The ride tours downtown, Fourth and Gill and Old North Knoxville.
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Knoxville's Holidays on Ice is Open!
Enjoy skating under Christmas lights and under tent cover - rain or shine at the Knoxville's Holidays on Ice presented by Home Federal Bank. This unique outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville draws more than 16,000 skaters each year. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 years and younger, and admission includes skate rental. Skate with Peppermint Panda, the official mascot for the City of Knoxville's Holidays on Ice!
Knoxville Zoo Offering Buy One, Get One Free Tickets in December
Knoxville Zoo is offering "Buy One, Get One Free" admission tickets during the month of December to encourage guests to discover why winter is a great time to visit. Half-price admission tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at knoxvillezoo.org. Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 28, 2015, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or coupon.
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Enjoy free live in studio performances at 12 noon on Mondays thru Saturdays at the WDVX 89.9 FM studio in Downtown Knoxville at 301 South Gay Street.