Tennessee Town & City

Maryville Housing Authority chosen to participate in expanded HUD program

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

The Maryville Housing Authority is one of a select number of public housing agencies – and the only one in Tennessee – chosen to be part of a new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pilot initiative.

TN 225 gives cities chance to share ‘Untold Tennessee’ stories

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Municipalities across Tennessee have a chance to participate in the state’s 225th anniversary celebrations by sharing the own untold stories on a website commemorating state history.


Gov. Bill Lee recently kicked off the yearlong celebration on June 1 in three parts of the state, beginning at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, the Blount Mansion in Knoxville, and at Jonesborough’s Town Square. Each site has played a unique role in the state’s foundation.

Cicadas emerge in Tennessee after 17-year hibernation

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Cicadas are already emerging across Tennessee, but rather than as a pest or nuisance, UT professor Dr. Jerome Grant said cities can use their arrival as a chance to educate residents about an important biological phenomenon.


Grant, professor of biological control and integrated pest management with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, said there are many misconceptions about cicadas.

Nashville to launch smart parking technology

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

Parking in Nashville could get smarter thanks to a project seeking to upgrade the technology of meters throughout the city.


Metro Nashville is making plans to replace approximately 1,700 on street metered parking spaces with more advanced meters as part of the city’s Smart Parking RPF. The project will include the replacement of 725 meters downtown and 975 meters in the Midtown and Vanderbilt area.

State lawmakers pass 2021-22 fiscal year budget totaling some $42.6 billion

State lawmakers passed the 2021-22 fiscal year budget on Thursday, April 29, totaling some $42.6 billion.

Local Government Recovery and Rebuilding Grants
For the second year in a row TML worked with Gov. Bill Lee’s administration to secure one-time disbursements of state grants to municipalities.

In his FY21-22 budget amendment the governor proposed $200 million in non-recurring funds to provide Local Government Recovery and Rebuilding Direct Appropriation Grants to cities and counties on a per capita basis.

Tennessee trails offer plenty for cyclists of all abilities

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is celebrated each year in May to showcase the recreational and health benefits of cycling as well as to raise awareness about cyclist safety.

Athens online budget tool aims to educate, engage citizens in city budgetary process

By KATE COIL

As budget season arrives, officials with the city of Athens are giving local residents a unique tool to both learn more about the budgeting process and give officials feedback on what they want to see funded in the city.


Athens City Administrator C. Seth Sumner said the city has made available a budget tool through Balancing Act, a creation of Colorado-based public policy consulting firm Engaged Public, that helps communities educate and engage citizens in the often-complex budgeting process.

Census Bureau: TN sees nearly 9% population growth

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Tennessee’s population grew nearly 9% between 2010 and 2020 and is now the sixteenth most populous state in the union, according to new information released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ezell focused on getting Tennessee tourism on track post-COVID

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Tennessee Department of Tourism (TDTD) Commissioner Mark Ezell found himself tapped to head the state’s Economic Recovery Group, the public-private partnership established by Gov. Bill Lee to help guide the state’s economy safely through the health crisis.

Tim Kelly elected Chattanooga mayor; four municipalities hold local elections

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

April elections were held in four municipalities across the state of Tennessee.
As a result, all four municipalities that held elections will have new mayors while several will see new faces on city councils and boards of mayor and aldermen.

CHATTANOOGA
The city of Chattanooga held a run-off election on April 13 that decided the city’s new mayor as well as several unfinished city council races from the previous March 2 municipal election.

Historic Depot Street makeover first phase of Greeneville downtown revitalization plan

By KATE COIL

Construction work will soon begin on the first phase of a project aimed at revitalizing downtown Greeneville.
The first phase of the project will include 18-months of construction along Depot Street, bringing a new streetscape, underground utilities, and a designated area for street festivals and fairs to one of the most historic streets in the town.

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