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Oct 28 2022
06:06 am

"Under Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel‘s direction, the city of Knoxville will go from having two different districts to three."

"Part of the reorganization includes a heavier focus on south and downtown Knoxville (now called the Central District), which is an area Noel believes may have been overlooked during the two-district system.

“We’ve taken some of the areas that are smaller and unique, South Knoxville, Old City, Fort Sanders, and downtown area, now their own district,” Noel told WATE. “So there’ll be one district captain with a group of officers that are really going to be more in tune into what’s going on in those areas.”

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Here's the chart from the Knoxville Police Department.

The Alcoa Highway side of South Knoxville is not included in the new South Knoxville, Downtown district for police presence. Makes you kind of feel like a little left out. What should we call that part of South Knoxville? WestSouth Knox?

Moon's picture

"... Alcoa Highway side of South Knoxville is not included..."

Cue "Glenn Jacobs is the antichrist" post.

R. Neal's picture

Sequoah Hills South

Sequoyah Hills South

fischbobber's picture

Alcoa Highway

The obvious problem with how Alcoa Highway will have to be policed and governed is that the businesses are served by the city, including trash services and fire protection as well as policing, while the residents are served by the county. If Glenn Jacobs is doing the job Moon insinuates he is, then there are no problems. Republicans are overwhelmingly satisfied with county government.

Unfortunately, city residents still pay for most of county government. The County elected Biff Tannen as Mayor. It's hard to work up a lot of sympathy for county residents. They're getting what they asked for.

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"The County elected Biff


"The County elected Biff Tannen as Mayor. It's hard to work up a lot of sympathy for county residents. They're getting what they asked for
."

Now, don't say that. The country voted for the trumpster but you can't blame me, a resident of the country.

The problem right now is being a resident of Tennessee. In very few cases will we get a capable, caring, intelligent person elected.

A majority of Tennesseans want small government, but they beg for all that federal money to make the state habitable.

They hate federal programs, e,g, Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid (TennCare), but many could not survive without the socialist (not) funding. But, they do live road building but couldn’t build roads without federal funds.

fischbobber's picture

True

But the majority of the voters weren't Trumpsters, nor did they vote for him.

Unfortunately, in a very real sense, this is the situation the residents voted themselves into. When the city annexed that stretch of Alcoa Highway, the residents had a chance to vote themselves into the city. They did not. Now that this development of Alcoa Highway is coming to fruition, what they are finding is that many of the traditional functions of government are falling to the citizen level, like policing. From what I'm hearing, Carson Daily isn't even returning e-mails, and the absence of his voice in this discussion speaks volumes. We've heard nothing from the Sheriff or the Mayor. So the question is, did these residents reject city government, or government altogether? They still pay county taxes, but they aren't receiving the services they pay for. Nor are they getting any response as to why that is. With the planning commissions being divided into City and County units, this problem isn't looking like it's moving toward solutions, indeed, it would seem just the opposite.

Hundreds of hours of citizen volunteer effort a week are going toward working on long term solutions for the area. Virtually every citizen of the county has an interest in the outcome. This is our corridor to the airport. The handful of businesses presently there are not the city's only interest, yet the city is the only entity that appears to be allocating immediate resources. Nobody is up keeping and maintaining the landscaping, nobody is setting up for pedestrian infrastructure, it doesn't even look like a pedestrian path from the new multi-family developments (Apartments, I think) is even being planned. Nothing's being done. It's not small government, it's no government. Nobody is looking out for the interests of the local county residents.

Regardless of the personalities involved, there is still the question of fundamental government ethics and the social contracts we maintain with other citizens. Should the residents of that area been forced to abdicate their rights to access and to all government, simply because they chose not to be a part of this finger annexation? They still pay taxes and are entitled to representation from the county. That's what they're paying for. Again, sympathy here is tough for me, because my first question is, "What did you think was going to happen?"and secondly, "Who's going to take charge of the rebuild?"

As to what the ultimate solution will entail, it's hard to say. You have several competing interests, Knoxville, Knox County, the State of Tennessee, Blount County Chamber of Commerce (don't think they don't want our housing for their workers), the current residents, present and future business owners from the commercial district, potential residents, Sevier Heights Baptist Church (could be a good thing, could be a bad thing) to name but a few, and I don't know that any of them are even on the same page. And while it might be fair to me to look from the outside in and ask "What did you think was going to happen?", it just as fair for the residents to reply,"Well certainly not this sh** show. Nobody put anything like this on the ballot."

Federal and state money will soon run out on this project as it begins to wrap up. I suspect Kincannon will hold a forum and come up with a development plan and help recruit the businesses necessary to make it succeed. She's got a pretty good track record. But without the aesthetics and infrastructure and businesses to draw the local community residents to do business there, the current situation could well become the norm.

This is a community problem that the governing body of the community refuses to involve itself in.

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