South Knoxville Alliance News

February 14, 2019

SKA Membership Meeting - March 11th, 2019

Our March meeting will focus on the proposed Chapman Highway multi-use Path Project.  We will have speakers from both the City of Knoxville and TDOT.   Our goal for the evening is to bring clarity to the information surrounding this proposed project.  A brief outline of the project is below.

Chapman Highway Multi-use Path Project Description:

This project creates a safe and comfortable connection for people walking and riding bicycles to traverse the section of Chapman Highway (S.R.71) between Stone Road and Woodlawn Pike. It directly connects the adjacent neighborhood and apartment building at Stone Road to the existing sidewalk network, provides a bicycle connection between bicycle friendly roads, improves multiple bus stops and creates pedestrian crossings at three intersections.

Specifically, this project will install a multi-use path (3200’) along the west side of Chapman Highway, from Stone Road to Woodlawn Pike. At this intersection, a sidewalk will continue north (525’) to connect to the existing sidewalk network. Bicycle traffic will cross this signalized intersection and continue on Woodlawn Pike to their destinations. The intersection of Chapman Highway and Stone Road, Fronda Lane and Woodlawn Pike will all be upgraded with pedestrian signals and crosswalks-a total of seven new crossings. In addition, on the east side of the roadway, we will install a few short sections of sidewalks connecting to destinations such as the library and adjacent bus stops. The four bus stops in the corridor will be improved to provide a safe and desirable place to wait for the bus.

02/14/2019, 12:17 PM


January 26, 2019

SKA Membership Meeting - February 11, 2018.

In an effort to help keep SKA members in the know about happenings in SoKno, we are joining with the Knoxville Knox County Planning (formerly the MPC) for their meeting on February 11th at 6:00 at South Doyle Middle School.

As reported by The Office of Neighborhoods:

Big News is coming for Knoxville Knox County Planning (KKCP)! The organization, formally known as the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), has not only changed their name, but is also setting big plans for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

KKCP is looking for your input on updates for amendments to the 2018 plan, permitted land use and zoning districts, and development policies. One Year Plan Update Meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. at the following locations across Knoxville:

- Monday, Feb. 4, Middlebrook Pike, United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike
- Monday, Feb. 11, South Doyle Middle School Library, 3900 Decatur Rd.
- Monday, Feb. 19, New Harvest Park Community Building, 4775 New Harvest Ln.

Come out and help KKCP plan for a better Knoxville. For more information, visit their website.

We hope you’ll join us there!

01/26/2019, 06:13 PM


January 25, 2019

Events happening at Ijams Nature Center in 2019

Take Action! Big and Small Ways You Can Save the Planet
March 1-April 14, 2019

New for 2019, this six-week conservation series features programs on how to conserve natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint, movies and speakers that have an environmental message, and cleanup events and volunteer workdays will help care for the place we all call home. Take Action! participants who attend two or more activities will be invited to an Action Hero Conservation Celebration; those who attend four or more will receive an Ijams reusable water bottle. Sponsorships range from $500-$5,000.

Ijams River Rescue
April 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A wonderful way to clean up the waters around East Tennessee and raise awareness for the importance of keeping our waterways clean and healthy.  About 625 volunteers collected 39.7 tons of trash and tires at 42 sites from the headwaters of the Tennessee River to Watts Bar in 2018. Sponsorships range from $500-$5,000.

Movies Under the Stars
June-October 2019

In partnership with Central Cinema, Ijams presents a series of classic horror movies, animated films, popular movies, and Terror in the Woods, which features horror movies and a haunted trail from FrightWorks. It’s a great night on the Visitor Center lawn with food trucks, beer and other beverages, and a little movie magic. Sponsorships range from $500-$2,500.

2019 Movie Schedule (movies being confirmed)

  • June 14: Ernest Goes to Camp
  • July 13: Terror in the Woods: Double Feature A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors(R) PLUS a Haunted Trail from FrightWorks
  • Aug. 6: Alice in Wonderland (PG)
  • Sept. 20: Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)
  • Oct. 4: Maximum Overdrive (R)


The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Aug. 24, 2019, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, guided walks, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. But the main highlight of this event is the opportunity for visitors to get close to ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn about them during banding demonstrations by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander. Sponsorships range from $500-$5,000.

Ijams Symphony in the Park
Sept. 8, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Ijams’ biggest fundraiser of the year held on a beautiful fall evening. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, a silent auction and seated dinner with music from the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a special musical guest and a special visual artist. Tickets are $175, tables are $1,750 and sponsorships range from $3,000-$10,000.

Trail Sponsorships

Trail and location sponsorships are a great way to support Ijams Nature Center’s wildlife sanctuary and environmental education programs while receiving maximum exposure in a beautiful natural setting. About 160,000 people locally and from around the world visit Ijams each year. Ijams’ trail and location sponsorships allow companies and organizations to sponsor a specific trail or natural location such as an overlook on the Tennessee River for a period of one year. Sponsorships include professionally designed and mounted sponsorship sign, on-site photo opportunity/donor recognition and recognition on the Ijams website. Sponsorships range from $250-$2,500.

01/25/2019, 07:37 PM