The Mechanicsville Community Association desires to establish rapport
with the entire community in order to build a strong base to represent common
issues and concerns. We will work toward making improvements within the
neighborhood and strive to raise the quality of life by solving community problems
and also by being proactive in order to prevent unwanted activities before they become
evident. Our goals are to make our homes, our property, and our streets safe
while also beautifying and offering wholesome activities for all to enjoy.
We encourage all to become fully involved in the process.
We promote orderliness and always working together harmoniously
by following Godly principles already expressed by our current officers,
membership, and community attendants who are connected to the organization.
"It's like a family affair!" said Joe Ward, Knoxville College men's basketball coach, on Saturday at the seventh annual Community Homecoming celebration in Mechanicsville.
"Anytime you can come out on a beautiful Saturday morning like today and have a chance to relax and wave and talk to each other, that's always good for the community," Ward said.
Residents of the neighborhood just northwest of downtown came together in Danny Mayfield Park for good food, a homecoming parade, a Hula Hoop contest and entertainment from dozens of musical groups.
The Knoxville College men's basketball team was there in full force. Ward said he hoped his players would make a personal connection with members of Mechanics- ville.
"A lot of the time we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of working or going to school and we don't get a chance to enjoy life. We don't get a chance to enjoy each other," Ward said. "Some people that you haven't seen in a long time, you get a chance to see them and catch up on how well they've been doing or what you can pray about, so I think this is great."
The all-day event was organized by the Mechanicsville Community Association, which got its start at Knoxville College 12 years ago.
"We just try to work together and get people to realize that they're all living together. It's getting more and more diverse each year," Charles H. Wright, president of the association, said.
Wright said they try to add something new to the celebration each year. Last year there was a fashion show; this year there was the parade.
Several local organizations came out to march in the inaugural parade, including the Knoxville Fulton Falcons football team, the Metro Knoxville Buffalo Soldiers and Clinton Chapel Ministry.
Resident Melissa Montague was at the park selling food for her church, Beulah Church of God Holiness, which has been in Mechanicsville since 1933.
The church has recently undergone an extreme makeover under the leadership of the new pastor, John Alexander Jr. All of the proceeds from the sales by Montague and her team are going toward paying for the reconstruction.
"We like being out here because it gets us more involved in the community and it gets our name out there," Montague said. "It's important for the community to come together because it reminds us of our roots. It keeps you invested in your community and wanting to see it grow and thrive."