More than 1,200 children get new shoes, attendance skyrockets to 6,400 at Knoxville Area Urban League’s annual ‘Shoes for School’

A total of 1,270 children happily walked away with new tennis shoes, and a record 6,400 people attended the 16th annual “Shoes for School” event Saturday, Aug. 4, presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League and sponsored by Covenant Health. The first day of school for Knox County students is Wednesday, Aug. 8. The “Shoes for School” event at Caswell … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League seeks public input at ‘Recode Knoxville’ meetings

The public is invited to provide input for “Recode Knoxville,” a zoning project that that will impact the changes allowed on urban property in the City of Knoxville over the next 50 years. Community residents, property owners and neighborhood organizations are encouraged to join the Knoxville Area Urban League at the zoning enhancement meetings to learn more about “Recode Knoxville” … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League hosts ‘Shoes for School’

More than 1,200 children received new tennis shoes and school supplies on Saturday, Aug. 5, thanks to the 15th annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular and East TN Children’s Hospital. The first day of school for Knox County is Monday, Aug. 7. The event at Caswell Park is timed to coincide with … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League Paradigm Challenge awards $10,000 to three winners

The Knoxville Area Urban League awarded $10,000 each to three individuals who competed in the Paradigm Challenge business pitch contest, which promotes economic growth in the East Knoxville communities of Asheville Highway, Magnolia Avenue, Cherry Street, Five Points and Burlington. “We are committed to stimulating and supporting economic growth in our East Knoxville community,” said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and … Read More

Local entrepreneur receives $5,000 from Knoxville Area Urban League to grow business

Recently, Randy Boyd, founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, presented a check for $5,000 to Britnie Davis, the winner of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s CO.STARTERS business pitch contest. Davis, owner of Britnie’s Balloon Bonanza, completed the Urban League’s 10-week CO.STARTERS training program, which allows entrepreneurs to build and test small business ideas and gain customer feedback and input … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League celebrates 2016, looks ahead to 2017 at annual membership meeting

The Knoxville Area Urban League recently hosted its annual membership meeting at the Knoxville Convention Center. The yearly gathering served to celebrate accomplishments in 2016, as well as outline plans for 2017. In 2016, the Knoxville Area Urban League focused considerable resources on education and youth-oriented programs. The organization distributed 1,200 books to preschool and elementary school aged children, as … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League CO.STARTERS winners receive funds to start, grow business

Today, Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, presented a check for $5,000 to Skyler O’Dell, the first-place winner of the CO.STARTERS program. The second-place winner, Kennie Riffey, was awarded a check for $2,500 from Mark Isom, owner of Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation. Both O’Dell and Riffey completed the Urban Leagues’ 10-week CO.STARTERS training program, … Read More

Longtime civil rights activists, Knoxville mayor honored at Knoxville Area Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Awards Gala

Working on behalf of civil rights for more than 50 years, the Rev. Dr. Gordon Gibson and Judy Gibson received the prestigious Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Awards Gala last month at the Knoxville Convention Center. “Our Equal Opportunity Awards recognize and celebrate the power of individuals to make a … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League hosts ‘Shoes for School’

More than 1,200 children received new tennis shoes and school supplies on Saturday, Aug. 6, thanks to the 14th annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The first day of school for Knox County is Monday, Aug. 8. The event at Caswell Park is timed to coincide with … Read More