Knoxville Festival Calendar
• September 11-20: Tennessee Valley Fair • October 8-11: Tennessee Fall Homecoming
With something for everyone, this fair
The Museum of Appalachia’s event
offers entertainment, rides, fireworks,
features five stages of bluegrass, old-time
vendors and even tractor pulls and a
mountain music and gospel, demonstrations
and Appalachian dishes like cornbread, fruit
cobbler and chicken & dumplings.
• September 27: Lantern and Carriage Tour www.museumofappalachia.org
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the • October 24: Knoxville Brewers’ Jam
Great Smoky Mountains, history comes Celebrate handmade American craft beer
alive at Old Gray Cemetery through
along with live music and great food. This
reenactments and horse-drawn carriages. festival offers an opportunity to sample
Hear stories of war, violence, kidnapping beer from countless brewers from the
and even love affairs.
been revitalized with shops, restaurants average salary from college grads and
cultural opportunities based on the leisure
index from Sperling’s Best Places.
While sales trends in the Knoxville area Going Green
are similar to many other parts of the
Knoxville was one of a dozen cities
country, area realtors are starting to see that the U.S. Department of Energy
some encouraging signs of market recovery. selected earlier this year to participate in
Many realtors believe the local market has the 2008 Solar America Cities program.
bottomed out and is slowly starting to The cities, ranging in size from large
climb again, although the Knoxville area municipalities like Houston, Denver and
market hasn’t suffered a large a drop in Boston to smaller ones like Santa Rosa, CA
value as many markets have. The median were selected based on their commitment
home list price was $129,500 at the end of to reducing the barriers to widespread
May 2009, and the median sale price was deployment of solar technology.
$119,600; that’s only a 1. 7 percent decrease
The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), the
since the same time last year.* This is a TVA and the environmental community
good indication that homes in the area are are working together to provide KUB’s cus-
fairly priced, so you know you’re getting a tomers the option of utilizing Green Power.
good value for your dollar.
Green Power is electric power drawn from
Call to RSVP:
Knoxville recently ranked 30th on a renewable resources that have a minimal im-
Forbes.com list of ‘ 100 Cheapest Cities’ in pact on the environment. The use of Green
which to live. Forbes rated 380 metropolitan Power can help ease the dependency of the
areas according to the rate of violent crime Tennessee Valley upon non-renewable re-
based on FBI statistics, the unemployment sources such as coal and other fossil fuels. |