City Council Elections; FInal Downtown North Streetscape Meeting

Early voting has been going on for the last couple of weeks, but Tuesday, Nov. 3 is the big day for City Council elections. Unlike the primaries, in which only district residents could vote for those running in their area, next week voters can select the best from each district across the city. The five who are ultimately chosen will go on to form a freshmen majority of the city government, and the remaining four only have two years remaining on their second terms, so this is the time to voice either support or opposition for the direction now underway.

If you're overwhelmed by the options or stuck on the nuances, check out our endorsements in this week's issue; better still, go to and read the candidates' own words.

Voting opens at 8 a.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Check the Knox County Election Commission's website ( for your nearest polling station.

Next Thursday, Nov. 5 the final public meeting for the Downtown North Streetscape project will take place. Residents of the area are encouraged to attend so they can learn about, question, and comment on the city and consultant Hedstrom Design's plans for altering the roads and sidewalks to make them more pedestrian- and small-business-friendly.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at All Occasions Catering, 922 N. Central St.