Mayor Madeline Rogero joined officials from the City’s Public Service Department on Wednesday for a codes enforcement sweep of the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Teams of inspectors, as well as home owners and others interested in the event, looked for violations and issued warnings to residents and property owners for problems including litter and junk in their yards and overgrown lots.
Residents in the neighborhood say they are hoping the mayor will do something about the way garbage and trash are allowed to remain on the streets for weeks on end. One female student, who asked to not be named, said that glass from beer bottles, furniture that students set outside on the street when they were moving, pizza boxes and other paper litter are not picked up by the city trash men. “If it is not in a bag, they don’t stoop over and pick it up,” she complained. “I agree that people need to keep their lots clean, but the people who are supposed to pick up trash also need to do their jobs.”
Your vote could have helped the Young-Williams Animal Center win the $100,000 Rachel Ray Challenge from the ASPCA. Votes were taken on line at :
As of April 14, the Top Ten Rankings Challengers were :
City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control - Bloomington, IN 20,495 2 Humane Society of Central Washington - Yakima, WA 19,873 3 SICSA - Kettering, OH 18,683 4 Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) - Baltimore, MD 14,981 5 Medina County SPCA - Medina, OH 13,589 6 Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center - Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12,876 7 Kern County Animal Control - Bakersfield, CA 12,286 8 Young Williams Animal Center - Knoxville, TN 12,085 9 HALO Animal Rescue - Phoenix, AZ 11,785 10 Bangor Humane Society - Bangor, ME11,632. Winners were announced on Tuesday, April 17; Young-Williams did not win.
The Knox Cash Mob idea from Mayor Tim Burchett began in February, bringing hundreds of people in South Knoxville to Emery’s 5 & 10. The Mayor’s Mob struck for the second time in March at the Disc Exchange and Wee Care Shoppe, both on Chapman Highway near where construction is being done on the Henley Street Bridge. Mayor Burchett says he has heard from people all across the nation who really like and appreciate his idea of helping the businesses who are struggling due to the bridge being closed. Plans for more mobs are in the works.