It’s Time!

It is time for Art on the Block! I hope to see you out there, having a great time!

A small change, the aerial artists will be performing in the window of the Emporium instead of the Summit Hill Park. However the fire twirlers, hoopers, drummers, and band Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will still be in the park.

If you’re looking for parking, Jackson Avenue Lot on the corner of Jackson and Gay is city owned and has free parking nights and weekends.

A special thank you to CBID for their help with funding our event. We appreciate it so much!

Art on the Block!

Looking for something to do First Friday in April? The 100 Block Association proudly announces Art on the Block!, a new celebration of visual art, movement, music and more. First Friday, April 6, 6:00-9:00 PM along the 100 Block of Gay Street and Summit Hill Park in downtown Knoxville.

The 100 Block of Gay Street (also known as the Arts District) provides an ideal setting for the public and children to enjoy this free event, which includes aerial acrobatics, fire twirlers, hoop dancers, a drum line, artists doing live painting, gallery openings, and more. Ample parking is accessible in the Jackson Avenue lot under the Gay Street viaduct. A schedule of events is as follows:

6:00-7:30 PM – Aerial acrobatics in Urbhana & Emporium Center
7:30-9:00 PM – Fire twirlers and hoop dancers
7:30-9:00 PM – Drum line performance
6:00-9:00 PM – Local artists Cynthia Markert and Brian Pittman doing live paintings
6:00-9:00 PM – First Friday celebrations in the 100 Block businesses

Other events taking place on the 100 Block on April 6 include the opening reception for the Dogwood Arts Festival’s Regional Fine Arts Exhibition at the Emporium Center; “Nexus 2012”, a showcase of contemporary sculpture at UT Downtown Gallery; and recent works by Alex Merchant at Gallery 1010. More than 20 businesses comprise the 100 Block of Gay Street and include cafés and restaurants, art galleries, a massage center, website consultants, an advertising firm, boutiques, and more. We hope to see you there!

Edited: I changed Aerial acrobatics from Summit Hill Park to Urbhana & Emporium Center

Lonely Black Glove at New South Collective

I hope you will join me in welcoming New South Collective to the block! Go visit them on First Friday, April 6th and check out their art exhibition “Lonely Black Glove”.

What is New South Collective? From their website:

Who Are We Exactly?

We’re a new way of thinking of creative co-ops. We’re not just a group of artists, or writers, or circus clowns. We’re an eclectic group of individuals and businesses that specialize in everything from design, to publishing, to writing, photography and even flowers. Yes. Flowers. We can do pretty close to anything. We’re the cutting edge of creativity and style…we’re the New South Collective.

We’ve settled on the 100 block of Gay St. in Knoxville, TN. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Feel free to stop by and see us…

Jennie Andrews

Check out Jennie Andrews Photography on First Friday, April 6th!


123 South Gay St
Suite B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Check out Harry’s Deli event on March 31st

Marathon Road Closures – Sunday, April 1, 2012

*CLINCH AVE—from Henley St to 11th st. Road closed signs and barricades both ends.

*CLINCH AVE—close @ start of race from 11th St. – 16th St. (use police and volunteers)

*16th St—close @ start from Clinch to Cumberland (use police and volunteers)

*VOLUNTEER BLVD EAST—cones down double yellow line from Cumberland Ave to grass median @ Andy Holt ( runners will be using the east bound lanes)

*VOLUNTEER BLVD EAST @ Joe Johnson .—Road closure for east bound lanes, marathon and 5k will be using.

*LAKE LOUDON BLVD—Cones down the double yellow from Chamique Holdsclaw to Neyland. ( runners will be using both south bound lanes.

* CUMBERLAND AV—Right east bound lane coned from Volunteer Blvd East / Sixteenth St to Estabrook for runners to utilize in the 5K.

*NEYLAND DR—cones spaced out along double yellow line from Kingston Pike to RR bridge where Neyland Dr splits (runners will run in the East Bound lanes) Police will block ramps from 129. Police will block Neyland Drive in the East Bound Lanes From Kingston Pk.

*KINGSTON PK—-cones are needed from Neyland to Cherokee Blvd/ West bound lanes will be split for 2-way traffic and East bound lanes are for the runners.

runners have ALL E/B lanes of Kingston Pike

runners have ALL S/B lanes of Cherokee Blvd

*BLOWS FERRY—right lane or S/B (W/B) lanes of Blows Ferry closed, No right turn/road closed signs from Scenic@ Blows Ferry. Cones down double yellow line from Scenic to Alta Vista Way

*ALTA VISTA WAY—right lane or N/B lane of Alta Vista Way closed. Cones down double yellow line from Blows Ferry to Noelton. (runners are running in right lane)

*NOELTON—right lane of Noelton (towards Kingston Pk closed from Alta Vista Way to Kingston Pike). Road closed and No right turns from Alta Vista Way onto Noelton. Cones on double yellow line from Alta Vista Way to Kingston Pk

*KINGSTON PK—right lane closed on W/B Kingston Pike from Noelton to Forest Park, lane closure signs and cones down white line from Noelton to Forest park.

*FOREST PARK—right lane N/B closed from Kingston Pk to Newcom. Cones down double yellow line from Kingston Pk to Newcom.

*NEWCOM—road closed both end from Forest Park to Lebanon

*LEBANON—Road-closed sign at Sutherland Ave, road signs at Chambliss and Lebanon (runners have both out and back on Lebanon. Track club or someone might want cones down center of Lebanon since runners are out and back.

*TYSON PARK—road closed signs at Kingston Pk entrance and road close sign inside Tyson Park @ 129 overhead, (just past the parking spaces for picnic area traveling from Concord towards Kingston Pk)

*CUMBERLAND AVE—right W/B curb lane of Cumberland Ave from 21st to Tyson Park needs to be closed with road closed signs and cones from 21st to Tyson Park.

*21st ST—close all of 21st St with needed signs and barricades at cross streets from Forest Ave to Cumberland Ave.

*FOREST AVE—close Forest from 17th St to 21st St with needed signs and barricades at cross streets. Continue closure from 17th east to 13th.

*HIGHLAND AVE—road close signs E/B lanes of Highland from 11th to 13th with cones down center of roadway (runners have the E/B lanes of Highland)

*11th ST.—N/B lanes of 11th St from Cumberland to WFP Dr. cones down double yellow line.

( Northbound lanes closed , runners will be using )

*WFP DR.—close WFP DR on the North end by Fort Kid (other end already closed)

*BROADWAY—right lane closed from WFP to Central Ave, cones and closure for the right N/B lane with cones on white line the entire distance.

*CENTRAL AVE—S/B right lane closed from Broadway to 3rd Ave. Cones from Broadway to 3rd with lane closure signs

*CENTRAL AVE—N/B right lane coned from 5th Ave to 4th Ave closed.

*** 5th AVE—West bound lane coned from Hall of Fame to Central. About 8 feet in width from curb line.

*MAGNOLIA AVE—Cones spread out along the W/B shoulder from Hall of Fame to Winona (runners on the shoulder behind cones)

*WINONA—N/B lanes closed from Magnolia to Washington Av., cones down yellow line with needed closure signs. NO CONES NEEDED IN FRONT OF PARK, RUNNERS WILL BE RUNNING THROUGH PARKING LOT

*WOODBINE—close both ends from Winona to Bertrand, Road Closed Local Traffic Only

* JEFFERSON—Close both ends from Winona to Bertrand, Road Closed Local Traffic Only

* WASHINGTON AVE—East bound parking lane coned from Winona to Bertrand. ( Runners will be running in parking lane behind cones.

*BERTRAND—From Washington Av to McCalla, cones down right side of S/B lane about 6 feet from curb.

*McCALLA AVE—close 6-8 foot from curb E/B lanes from Bertrand to Willow

*WILLOW—cones down W/B shoulder of Willow from McCalla to Patton

*PATTON—road closed signs both ends between Jackson and Willow (runners have entire road)

*JACKSON AVE—East Bound lane from Patton to Central cones approx 6-8 ft off curb to give runners a lane (runners in E/B lanes behind the cones).

*CENTRAL AVE—S/B lane from Jackson Ave to Cumberland at S. Central, lane closure signs and cones spaced out from Jackson to Cumberland.

*STATE ST—cones from Hill Ave to Cumberland approx 8 ft off the East curb in the right N/B lane (runners have a lane behind the cones)

*HILL AVE—closure signs and cones for E/B Hill Ave to JWP S/B entrance ramp. Cones spread out along Hill Ave on double yellow line. CLOSE road at Gay @ Hill E/B lane. NO RIGHT TURN from Volunteer Landing Dr to Hill Ave sign

*JWP—cones spread out along the emergency lane from Hill Ave to Sevier Ave on S/B emergency lane continuing around exit ramp to Sevier Ave.

*SEVIER AVE—right lane closed from JWP to Island Home Ave with cones continued approx 8 feet from curb on Sevier Ave.

*ISLAND HOME AVE—complete closure from Sevier to Maplewood. W/B traffic will force to detour onto Hillwood Dr. Need signs at cross roads along with cones down center yellow line to Maplewood from Sevier Ave. Also “road closed ahead” for W/B Island Home Ave at Hillwood Dr.

*SEVIER AVE—cones 6-8 ft from W/B curb to allow runners to use. From Island Home to Gay St. (Widen course as going up the hill in the S-curves before Gay St.) extend the cones around the corner with a 6 foot lane to taper onto the sidewalk of the Gay St bridge sidewalk

runners using east sidewalk across the bridge

*GAY ST.—from Hill Ave to Wall, pull all parking, if any, on N/B side of Gay St and close lane also space cones out along right lane.

*MARKET St—entire Market St from Union to Church closed with proper signs and barricades

*CHURCH ST—close and cone W/B right lane from Market to Locust

*CLINCH AVE—close and cone approx 6-8 feet from S/B curb of Clinch between Henley and Locust.


Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon & Kids Run
Clinch Ave Bridge will close March 31 at 2:00pm and reopen April 1 at 2:30pm

March 31, Kids Run:
Will start at the Clinch Ave. Bridge, west on Clinch, turn right onto World’s Fair Park Drive, left onto 11th St, across Cumberland Ave, where 11th becomes Estabrook Rd they will follow Estabrook toward Neyland Stadium.

Knoxville Marathon, race begins at 7:30am:
Clinch Ave. from 11th st to 16th street will be closed to traffic at the start of the race

Don’t get towed!


New No Parking signs are up on Vine Ave. Please pay attention to them and do not park illegally. The police will be out ticketing and towing.


If you are looking for a place to park, please consider Jackson Avenue lots on the corner of Gay Street and Jackson Avenue. And check out the city’s discounted monthly parking rates for great deals. With proof of residency, such as a lease, a 100 Block resident will only pay $20 a month for parking there. It has to be better than paying off a handful of parking tickets every month, right?

Mardi Growl Parade

Mardi Growl – Highlights from Community Television Knoxville on Vimeo.

There are some great shots of the parade on the 100 Block!

100 Block is a great place to “eat, play, live”!

The 100 Block has been honored by Eat, Play, Live Knoxville as one of the best neighborhoods to do just that – eat, play, and live. As part of their “unconference” coming up this weekend, they will be installing signs on the block that describe some of the features that make our block a great place to walk, bicycle, and hang out. Look for the signs to be installed on fixtures such as light poles, benches, and bike racks. They will be removed on Sunday or Monday.

If you have any questions or comments about the signs, please contact Ellen Zavisca, or call (865) 215-4014.

Events & Road Closures

Below are the events and road closures during April & May:

Dogwood Arts Festival, April 12-15:
8:00am April 12 – 10:00pm April 15
Union Ave between Walnut & Gay
Clinch Ave between Walnut & Gay
Market St. between Union & Church

March for Babies Walk, April 14
8am – noon
Start & finish on Howard Baker Dr., route goes around the block onto Honor Our Troops Drive to Hall of Fame Dr. back to Howard Baker Dr.

Rhythm & Blooms
Friday April 20 at 10:00am – Saturday April 21 at 10:00pm
Market Street between Clinch & union
Union Ave between Gay & Walnut

Dogwood Parade, Friday April 27
Parade begins at 7:00, the following streets will be closed during the parade:
Howard Baker
Hall of Fame
Honor Our Troops
E. Hill
Gay St

Dogwood Mile, Friday April 27
Wall Ave will be closed at 6pm
Race begins at 8:30pm and will go from Wall Ave down Gay St. back to Wall Ave.

Rossini Festival, Saturday April 28
12:00 midnight – 11:59pm
Gay St. from Cumberland Ave to Summit Hill Dr.
Church St. from State to Walnut
Clinch Ave from State to Walnut
Union Ave from State to Walnut
Market St. from Church to Union Ave.

Farmer’s Market: May 5, 12, 19, 26
7:00am – 2:00pm
Market St from Clinch to Union
Union Ave from Walnut to Gay

Biscuit Festival, May 19
8am – 5pm
Clinch from Gay to Walnut
Church from Gay to Walnut
Market from Cumberland to Clinch

KTC Expo 10K & 5K, May 26
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
10K and 5K start on Howard baker Jr turning left onto Hall of Fame then right on East Hill. Both routes head over Gay St Bridge and follow Sevier Ave. 10 K route runs to Island Home while 5K route heads up Anita and onto James White Parkway back to Hill and finishing on Howard Baker. 10K returns to Sevier and follows Anita to James White Parkway back to Hill finishing on Howard Baker Jr.