Three Downtown Businesses Announce Permanent Closures

It seemed likely that there would be businesses which simply could not hang on during months of shutdowns, illness of employees and the discomfort many feel venturing out. Other variables also impact particular businesses in ways we might not expect. Some of the closures we’ll see in coming months were likely coming for other reasons. […]

COVID-19: 6/29/2020 Update (Including Today’s Health Department Briefing)

I hope you had a good and safe weekend. As we enter another week, there are a number of interesting story lines from the weekend. Let’s take a look. International News: There are currently 10,296,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 505,478 deaths have been attributed to the illness. As the […]

Renovated Cal Johnson Building Opens for Occupancy This Week

The journey for the Cal Johnson Building has been a long one, with surprising twists and turns along the way. Noted by Knox Heritage as a part of its Fragile Fifteen for years, the building has finally found new life, opening this week with eight urban apartments sitting over a commercial space for an as-yet-determined […]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (6/28 – 7/7/2020)

As events are opening up, we’re listing a combination of virtual and live events. The rules are the same – if you want your event included, please make a Facebook event, invite me (Alan Sims – you’ll have to friend me) and it will be included. I need enough lead time that the list can […]

COVID-19: 6/26/2020 Update (Including Health Department Briefing)

Welcome to Friday. Weeks that seemed long to me when all this first began are now clipping by. Next week is July and we head into the heart of summer. It’s a great time to hit a trail, get out on the water or take a long bike ride. Just keep your distance this weekend, […]