Photos by Frank N. Carlson

  • POLICY FIRST: The city’s chief policy officer, Bill Lyons, remains convinced the plan he and the mayor have come up with is the best for all parties involved.
  • South Knoxville resident Marcia O’Neal says she’s afraid the chronically homeless at Flenniken will prey on the elderly at the Verandas, a KCDC housing complex. Meanwhile, Lee Dunnigan, a resident of Stonewall II apartments, on Chapman Highway, says people dead-set against the Ten-Year Plan are just searching for excuses to oppose Flenniken.
  • Dr. David Patterson runs the Homeless Management Information System at the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. This database helps track the homeless population and the services they receive in Knoxville, providing useful metrics for users as well as those in management and government.
  • Jon Lawler is director of the Office of the Ten-Year Plan. He says communication from his office can always improve, but also points out that the opposition hasn’t put forth any alternative plan.
  • Matt Nance is a case worker at Volunteer Ministry Center. Before coming to VMC two years ago, he managed the men’s shelter at Knox Area Rescue Ministry. Here, he visits a client at the Jackson Avenue apartments, 16 units of permanent supportive housing VMC has owned since 1992.
  • Case manager Dyrl Higdon, left, works with his client John Robbins in Robbins’ home in Montgomery Village. Robbins was homeless for two years before he found housing through Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, but Higdon says he’d like to see Robbins placed in Minvilla Manor when it opens in October.
  • Ginny Weatherstone is CEO of Volunteer Ministry Center and has been an integral part of the Ten-Year Plan. She says she’s seen a great transformation in homeless services in the past few years, and is excited to see Minvilla Manor open this fall on 5th Avenue and Broadway.
  • Lee Dunnigan, a resident of Stonewall II apartments, on Chapman Highway, says people dead-set against the Ten-Year Plan are just searching for excuses to oppose Flenniken.
  • Robert Finley is spokesman for the Office of the Ten-Year Plan. At a South Knoxville community meeting on safety issues surrounding Flenniken, Finley received sharp criticism from county commissioners and a city councilman over a lack of consistency in the details surrounding plans for that site.
  • At a meeting at the South Knox Community Center on July 29, women from the Verandas, an elderly and disabled housing complex run by KCDC, said they were fearful of the permanent supportive housing proposed for the Flenniken Elementary building. Behind them, Michael Dunthorn of the Office of the Ten-Year Plan listens and takes notes.
  • Austin Homes, just northeast of downtown, is a 129-unit complex owned by Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation. For the past four years, some 300 clients have been placed in KCDC housing with case management through the Ten-Year Plan. But some feel it’s the wrong environment for the chronically homeless, and would like to see more
appropriate housing built.
  • The Republican nominee for county mayor, state Sen. Tim Burchett, gives his acceptance speech Tuesday night at the Crowne Plaza hotel downtown.
  • KNOXVILLE BREWING: Adam Palmer, left, and Johnathan Borsodi, right, are the two men behind the Marble City Brewing Co. They’re now in final negotiations to close on the New Knoxville Brewing Co.’s former facility and hope to begin producing beer for consumers by fall.
  • COMING FORWARD: Outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville on Wednesday, April 14, Warren Tucker, right, recounts his sexual abuse 30 years ago at the hands of an East Tenn. priest now in police custody. From left, Annette Alix, a mother of an abuse victim, and Susan Vance of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
  • 'We’re at another tipping point, or maybe a plateau. In my opinion, the next stage of revitalization and growth is going to be even harder and more critical to creating long-term sustainability.'
—Patrick Hunt, 
Chairman of the Board, CBID
  • John H. Daniel in the Old City
  • 'Retailers always want to come into an urban environment where there are lots of people. But that isn’t the case here. You see a lot of really, really empty retail spaces, because we haven’t done the right things to sell Knoxville to retailers.'
—Jeffrey Nash, 
Proprietor, Crown & Goose
  • Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam convenes a meeting at the City County Building with member of the Central Business Improvement District to discuss downtown's future, Jan 19, 2010.
  • 'Back 10 to 12 years ago, there was a big debate about incentivizing a grocery store to come downtown because that would be a catalyst for residents, and you might find this surprising, but I really didn’t support that.'
—David Dewhirst, 
Dewhirst Properties LLC
  • 'We can help catalyze things-if that’s a verb-if that private investment wants to come in. I don’t think we can ever, you know, “make” something happen if it’s not sort of going to happen anyway.'
—Bill Lyons, 
Senior Director of Policy and Communications, 
City of Knoxville

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