Candidate Roulette and Homeless Plans

On Thursday, about 50 candidates for elected office—or their spokespeople (boo...hiss)—will appear at the Knoxville Expo Center to meet and greet potential voters. While big names like Zach Wamp, Ron Ramsey, and Mike McWherter are being bandied about, it's not clear whether one will have a chance to speak with these demi-gods of the state political realm or just their earthly, incarnate representatives. But the four-hour event should provide an opportunity to get to know the issues and meet many of the lesser-known, local hopefuls, which is to say it could make for an interesting Thursday evening.

The event runs from 4:30 to 8:30 at the Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway, and is free to the public.

In April, City Council will hold a two meetings to discuss two plans—one a draft of its Five-Year Consolidated plan, outlining the city's strategy for dealing with the homeless, affordable housing, and other community development initiatives; and the other its Annual Action Plan, which describes how the city will spend its funds from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, a sum local officials expect to come in at a bit more than $3.5 million.

The first of two meetings to discuss the plans takes place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Small Assembly room of the City-County Building. The second occurs the following week, on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St.