What’s the story behind the South Knox press conference today?

Few seem to doubt that some South Knox businesses are in some kind of trouble. What used to be an easy jaunt across the Henley Bridge seems to be a bit of a longer haul to the area. Perceptions appear to have changed to a “you can’t get there from here” mindset.

I did a short piece on this earlier in the week – which led to some spirited commenting – and referenced that something would be coming later in the week. What it was, then, I was unsure. And what it is now, still unsure. The city is holding their message until the press conference.

Today we received this cryptic press release, so something appears to be happening (emphasis added):

What: Announcement of initiatives to help South Knoxville businesses

When: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7th

Where: Parking lot outside the Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Highway

Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will announce new initiatives to help support and promote businesses in South Knoxville during the ongoing closure of the Henley Bridge. State Department of Transportation officials announced last month that work on the bridge will be extended through February 2014.

So many possibilities! Money? Staff? Objectives? Action items? Infrastructure? I’d love to hear what your thoughts on what this could or should be.

Immediate questions that come to mind are:

How much does this cost (if anything)? Who is involved?

What would you, dear reader, like to know about this? What do you think this is?


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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