At the March Old North Knoxville board meeting, Pete Creel was elected to serve as president for 2021. Joy Guilford will continue to serve as treasurer and Donna Spencer as secretary. The vice president slot remains open.
The board thanks outgoing officers Susie Laise Smith, president, and Jessica Larsen-Varney, vice president, who both served for two years.
Also leaving the board with thanks are Beth Booker, Beth Bostrum, and longtime Historic Zoning Commission liaison James Pierce.
Newly elected board members are Veronica Cordell, Maegan Martin, and Sean Bolen, who will serve as HZC liaison.
Board meetings take place the first Monday of every month and are currently being conducted over Zoom. If you’d like to attend, email Donna Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With so many area festivities canceled this year (including our own Holiday Home Tour), the city is sponsoring a Knoxville Neighborhood Holiday Trails events beginning November 30, encouraging people to celebrate safely by driving and walking through neighborhoods to view lights and decorations.
The official ONK route follows East Scott from Central to Kenyon, then proceeds along Kenyon to Armstrong, West Glenwood, and back down Oklohama to Central. View a map of the route.
We regret to announce that Old North Knoxville has canceled the Victorian Holiday Home Tour for 2020.
After 31 consecutive years hosting one of Knoxville’s favorite holiday traditions, we are certainly disappointed to reach this difficult decision. However, we know that the health and safety of our guests and homeowners must always be our most important consideration.
We plan to be back stronger and better than ever next year in 2021, so mark your calendars now for Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th in 2021!
Mobile Meals is one of the largest beneficiaries of the funds raised by our home tour event each year, and they could use our support now more than ever. If you wish to donate to Mobile Meals directly, you can do so online in any amount at secure.donationpay.org/knoxseniors.
To postpone our annual donations to area public schools until they reopen
The board will continue to meet by teleconference until we’re able to resume meeting in person. To ensure transparency, board actions will be posted here and copied to the ONK Facebook page. Neighbors with questions or concerns that they’d like to bring to the board—officially or unofficially—can post them to the Facebook page or email email@example.com.
To borrow Mr. Rogers’s well-known phrase, it’s easy to “look for the helpers” in Old North. Kelly Arsenault—chair of the Kindness Committee—and Cat Shteynberg have put together an assistance program for ONK folks to help one another with errands, grocery delivery, meal preparation, and other services through the difficulties of the pandemic. Signup and details are available through a Google spreadsheet available on the ONK Facebook page (not posted here because it contains private information). If you need help connecting or have questions, email Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 865-280-2172.
The program even made local news reports. Thanks, Kelly & Cat!
In keeping with public health recommendations, the board has voted to cancel or postpone all ONK events and activities in April and May. This includes the monthly potlucks, the park and greenway cleanups, the Easter egg hunt and brunch, and the ice cream social at Guy B. Love Towers. We’ll work to reschedule when possible and hope to put together some extra events for summer and fall. Meanwhile, watch this space for new ways to connect with neighbors and look out for one another.
For our March 9 potluck meeting, we’ll be welcoming Vanessa Hensley, director of resource center services with Volunteer Ministry Center. She’ll be talking with us about VMC’s services, including the low-barrier shelter that opened last year. We’ll also be electing new board members and looking ahead to spring and summer events. Join us beginning at 6:30pm at St. James Episcopal Church—use the back entrance off Folsom Avenue. See you there!
Learn more about living and working in Knoxville and connect with neighbors from around Knoxville at the city’s annual Neighborhood Conference. This year’s conference will feature a welcoming ceremony kicked off by Mayor Kincannon, four workshop options, a free buffet lunch, 80+ information booths, a keynote speaker, and much more! Come enjoy a day of community building and neighborhood networking, brought to you by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods. Registration is free! Sign up now at the Office of Neighborhoods website.
Our February 10 potluck meeting will include a presentation by Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen. With more than 30 years’ experience as a prosecutor, Allen works to address a variety of topics related to the justice system and public safety. Read more about her work here. We’ll also be electing a new slate of board members and hear the usual reports on neighborhood happenings. Join us beginning at 6:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church—use the back entrance off Folsom Avenue.