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Our Village

Clyde W Anderson

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A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a
 town,with a population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Though often located 
in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods. 
Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. 
Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, 
not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement.        

 
 



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Gloria spent her 38 years of service with the goal of helping others help themselves. She is a great example of how individuals in our communities can make a difference in the lives of others.Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Gloria Garner, a 38-year veteran of the Knoxville Area Urban League. Her efforts will be long remembered and continually missed.

I commend Gloria Garner for all that she has done for the men, women, and children of Knoxville. I wish her all the best in her future life, and am hopeful that others will stand in to follow in her path.

I would also like to include in the Record a June 16, 2006 article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel about Gloria's retirement and career for all of my colleagues, constituents and readers of the record, so that they can more fully understand her dedication.

A walking encyclopedia chock-full of Knoxville Area Urban League facts, Gloria Garner is clearing out her bookshelves. Retiring after 38 years with the league, Garner doesn't need a book to recount the history of the league because she is the history of the league. The vice president of community affairs has held every position there is and was at the league since starting there months after its inception in 1968. A handful of moves for the Urban League came before settling at East Fifth Avenue. But Garner was never moved to leave. And four presidents came and went. Garner stepped in as interim director while the search was on for the next president. When money was tight and staff was short, Garner's smile and tenacity remained steadfast through 40-plus-hour weeks. She held onto the words of the national president from 1961-1971, Whitney M. Young, Jr.: ``Every man is our brother, and every man's burden our own.'' ``Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reigns, all are unequal.'' Garner said she stood in then and will continue to stand in to bridge the gap of social and economic development in minority communities. Even as she is dusting off her desk and packing up, she is still telling strangers and friends alike that they need to join the Knoxville affiliate of the National Urban League. ``Once an Urban Leaguer, always an Urban Leaguer,'' she said during a celebratory reception in her honor Thursday night at the University Club. While she may no longer have an office to call her own come next Thursday, her official last day, Garner said, ``I will still be around helping wherever I can.'' ``When you have a passion for what you do, you want to work hard.'' The on-time Head Start teacher who dreamt of becoming a nurse or joining the military still found a way to help people. ``There are people in jobs today that I had a hand in, and that's a good feeling,'' Garner said. ``The Urban League is my family and I was busy helping people,'' said the mother of five adult children when asked why her tenure was such a long one. Without her insight through the years, there wouldn't have been a foundation of the league, Ernest Fulton and Douglas Upton said. Fulton and Upton both worked with Garner in the early days of the league. ``She has a way with people,'' Upton said. ``She connects with people.'' And that was apparent Thursday night as dozens, including Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Vice Mayor and former Urban League President Mark Brown, offered encouragement and shed a few tears. ``We can't fill her shoes,'' said Phyllis Nichols, league president and CEO. Life after checking into the Urban League some mornings at 7 for Garner will be filled with lunch dates, ``some good movies and relaxing travels,'' she said. Grandson Kody Wills summed it up: ``That's my granny and she's a star.''


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MLK CELEBRATION SERVICE Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church. Rev. Joel Miles preaching

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Robert "Bob" Booker






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Between the fall of 1957 and the spring of 1962, I had some very interesting experiences as a student at Knoxville College. I had dedicated and tough teachers and developed life-long friendships with other students from across the country. I found time to act in plays, work on the student newspaper and serve in student government. Although Knoxville College was a small Christian school, there were plenty of diverse activities.

Since I had worked for a year after high school and had spent three years in the Army, I was four years older than most of the other freshmen in my class. I became president of the campus NAACP, organized the Knoxcivic Club, composed of Knoxville students, and was involved in the Veterans Club. I joined the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and participated in various talent shows, usually as emcee.

The fraternities and sororities and numerous state and city clubs on campus allowed us to develop leadership skills, enhance our personalities and discover our life callings. Those 500 students were, in essence, an extended family. We knew each other’s names, hometowns and the subject in which each was majoring.

While there was a lot of time for activities, students knew that learning subject matter was serious business. If a student failed during a semester, he had to leave school for the next semester to get his act together. I know of very few who suffered the indignity of having to withdraw with poor grades.

Dean of Men Ralph Martin made sure that every student wanting a summer job had one. During the summer of 1959 he sent me to Oxford, Michigan, as a camp counselor. In the summer of 1960 I worked at the Interlachen Country Club in Hopkins, Minnesota. They were great experiences and a chance to make money in the process.

During football season sometimes five guys would pile into my 1953 Customline Ford and see games in Birmingham, Alabama, Frankfort, Kentucky, Atlanta or Nashville. In Frankfort I remember that we slept on the kitchen floor of a student who lived there. Since gasoline was often 20 cents a gallon, we could drive to any regional game of interest.

I had extremely tough and demanding professors in French literature, English literature and Shakespeare classes. They knew the subject matter and tried to share it with me.

Perhaps the least popular requirement of the college was having to attend chapel or the lyceum programs three days a week. Those programs on Monday might include administrative, community or religious information. On ​Wednesday we often had noted speakers, classical musicians and other performers. The Friday program was left to campus fraternal organizations and other groups to allow us to develop skills at organizing, public speaking or expanding other talents.

At the time we did not understand the necessity of those three-day requirements, but it was a part of the learning process at dear old Knoxville College. As the years go by, I have yet to hear a KC grad who does not appreciate what those involvements have meant to them through the years.

I am saddened by the fact that recent students of the school did not have the positive experiences I had. They missed the fraternal life, drama club, newspaper and sports teams. They did not hear the great octets and quartets that traveled the country touting the great student life that I experienced.

Robert J. Booker is a freelance writer and former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. He may be reached at 546-1576.
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Pastor Daryl Arnold
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Daryl W. Arnold is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the youngest of five children, born to Cladie Arnold.  He attended Brainerd High School and graduated in 1988.  After graduating from high school, he decided to further his education by attending Knoxville College where he received a B.S. degree in Business Management and Marketing. While in college, Daryl participated in several social and civic organizations.  He was an extremely active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity inc. where he served as Chapter Historian, Guide Right Chairman and Chapter Intake Chairman. He also was a member of the K.C. Humanitarian Club where he received the college’s Humanitarian Award.

While in his last years of undergrad, Pastor Arnold was called by God to ministry. He has served as the Youth Pastor for Wesley Chapel Christian Community Church and served five years as a campus chaplain at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  Pastor Arnold then transitioned out of para church ministry into full-time pastoral ministry. He served as the Executive Pastor at Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga and assisted in growing that ministry from 400 to approximately 4000 people at his departure.

In 2003, Pastor Arnold was led to come back to Knoxville and plant the Overcoming Believers Church (OBC), which started with just his wife and two daughters and now has approximately 2500 members on roll and roughly 1000 in weekly attendance.  The church is an icon in the Knoxville community and makes a huge impact in inner city Knoxville.  OBC is extremely focused on youth development, economic growth, urban renewal, the transformation of humanity, and ultimately, winning souls to the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Arnold’s ministry has been featured on a plethora of media outlets.  He has previously been featured on “It Takes A Church” reality show on GSN; he has been the guest pastor on the Word Network; a frequent regional host for the Trinity Broadcast Network; the weekly host for the Iron Sharpens Iron television broadcast for CTV; and he can be heard daily on WJBE radio in Knoxville, TN. His preaching ministry is sought out all over the country, but he has a special love and passion to serve in Kenya and Nigeria, Africa.

Pastor Arnold was the first Board Chair for Girl Talk Inc.  He presently serves on the Knoxville City Mayor’s Save Our Sons Task Force under the umbrella of My Brothers Keeper initiated by President Obama.  He serves as a Task Force Member for the Knox County School Superintendent for Disparities in Educational Outcomes.  He serves on the Steering Committee for Community Connectors Knoxville under the umbrella of CEO for Cities Nationally, and also as a board member of the Trinity Health Foundation.

Pastor Arnold’s greatest joy is his beautiful wife of 21 years, Carmeisha Arnold and his four children. His hands are on his ministry but his heart is on his family.





Raised in good ole Mechanicsville and attended Maynard Elementary, Beardsley Jr. High, West High '1971 graduate. Married James Westfield and would be celebrating another wedding anniversary, but the Lord called him home in 1989. Lots of wonderful things have happened in my life and some not so good things. But the best. . . asking the Lord to forgive me for MY many sins and thanking Him for being with me throughout the rest of my journey. And, this journey has included raising, grandchildren Anthony and Amiana - amazing!
In May 1992, March 1994, and April 1994, my family was impacted by tragedies including the death of my son, James. I asked God for peace, no more sorrow Lord. At a late hour and on the same day my son was murdered, these expressions were given to me. Also, a scripture is after each expression. 
I am extremely thankful that God has allowed me to see this 2015 Holiday Season. And with that comes more determination/obedience to do His Will. Bring forth those dormant talents for the Kingdom of God my friends. It's the best way to encourage, instill hope, comfort the hurting, and uplift those in need, and STAND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT​​

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Joe Armstrong​​​​​​
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Is a politician and a member of theTennessee House of Representatives for the 15th district, which encompasses part of Knox County. He has served as a state representative since being elected to the 96th Tennessee General Assembly.
Joe Armstrong is the Democratic Caucus Vice-Chairman, the Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, and the Chairman of the Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Calendar and Rules Committee, the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, the Budget Subcommittee, and the Joint TennCare Oversight Committee. Before being elected to the state legislature, Armstrong was a Knox County commissioner from 1982 to 1988. During that period, he was also the Vice-Chairman.
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Owner of WJBE AM 1040 / FM 99.7 plays a dual role by also keeping you aware of current news with programs such as The Tom Joyner Morning Show.  Never before has education been so easy, for WJBE gives you the opportunity to learn about classic soul artists while keeping you current about local and national news.  WJBE is "Just The Best Everyday".
 

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Thomas ‘Tank’ Strickland​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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“Don’t try to change the government in one month. It takes a while to grasp what all is going on, and you can’t change what’s been there, immediately,” advice from former First District Commissioner Thomas “Tank” Strickland to the commission.  Strickland has been on the commission since 2002, however has been a Knoxville activist since birth.  During his time on the Knox County Commission, Strickland has had a park named after him in the First District, aided in instating the Sunshine Law and the act that was closest to his heart: reconstructing Five Points area, putting $2 million into it. 

“I accomplished everything I wanted to in my district when I was First District Commissioner,” says Strickland.

Thomas “Tank” Strickland Park was opened in August 2010, a project that Strickland had been working on for 5 to 6 years.  The park is one acre in size and has a walking trail, shaded arbor and a grass-seating amphitheater.  The fact that the park is in the First District makes it that much special to Strickland.  “The park was an honor; I didn’t expect it to be named after me at all, but it was a huge honor.”

Town Hall East adopted Strickland Park and took it on as their project as well.  “Tank Strickland has been a champion of East Knoxville for many years. To finally have this park, which provides a place for children to play, for all of us to read or picnic or just to sit and watch the world go by, is a dream we have worked years to realize.  To name a park for Tank is to honor a citizen who has worked tirelessly for our community. It is a good day in the neighborhood,” says Mary Thom Adams, the president of Town Hall East.

The Five Points neighborhood in the First District was one of Strickland’s greatest accomplishments.  The dilapidated area was restored after Strickland received $2 million from Knox County and the City of Knoxville combined.

Strickland’s wife, two daughters and son are used to the attention that comes along with being a Knox County official, and mostly, enjoy it.  At times, of course, the curiosity in their family can be grueling and their need for privacy high, but Strickland understands the media’s interest.  

Journalists are another aspect of being in the public’s eye that has frustrated Strickland in the past. You will not get an interview with him if you are one to twist quotes or be aggressive. Despite those facts, he’s always loved the business of service and being apart of a committee, all the way back to his days as an involved student at the University of Tennessee.

Strickland was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn. He attended Austin East high school where he obtained his nickname, “Tank”, for his football skills.  After graduation from UT he taught high school ecology but changed his direction toward government. His roots are attached to East Tenn. And he never plans on leaving.  “I’ve always wanted to make Knoxville a better place to live,” Strickland says.​

“I knew Tank a bit before I was elected to commission, but got to know him much better during my four years on commission.  He has been a good advocate for his community, especially in securing parks and libraries.  He also has been a good chair, patient and fair.  He helped restore integrity to the commission,” says Mark Harmon, fellow Knox County commissioner.​​​


 


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Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker
 
Tanisha is a native of Knoxville, TN where she graduated as valedictorian from Austin-East High School.  She continued her education graduating from both Florida A&M University and the University of Tennessee with degrees in Actuarial Science and Education.

T.jpg For the past 15 years, Tanisha has served in the educational arena.  Her career began in the classroom followed by working nine years as a math instructional coach and consultant.  Tanisha is currently the Director of Data Analysis & Research as well as College & Career Access/Success Team Leader for Project GRAD Knoxville. Through her leadership role with Project GRAD, she leads a team in efforts to cultivate a college/career going culture by extending experiences and exposures throughout the "Kindergarten to Job" (K – J) pipeline including 21st century skill development.  The focus is to increase academic achievement and aspirations, high school graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment and completion rates while minimizing barriers to progress. Her responsibility spans seven center-city schools. She is resourceful and collaborates with a variety of stakeholders while supervising staff to structure this initiative.  Tanisha is skilled in data analysis, research, professional development and presents on a multitude of topics.  Most recently, through diligence and determination, she established some new opportunities at Knoxville's most urban high school.  She initiated and coached the A-E Robotics team, a coding competition team, and broadcast journalism club.  She consistently uses her expertise in research and data analysis to initiate best practices and strategies that will support students, families and the community at large.


 

Tanisha is passionate about her calling to educate and elevate others through professional and personal development and community outreach.  She also embraces the opportunity to serve.  Tanisha is often busy participating in community service projects. One of her favorite quotes by Susan Gale reads "one should never be content to sit on the sidelines when there is so much work to be done in the field."  She was recently recognized by Mayor Madeline Rogero for the city of Knoxville's Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award for demonstrating commitment and devotion to her neighbors and neighborhood. She assists many families and youth in her community as well as supports for elderly citizens.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Tanisha is the Founder and President of Educational Enhancement Service, Inc. established in 1998. She is also a member of the Five Points Up Community Action Group which leads the community in efforts to unify and beautify East Knoxville.  Tanisha is the founder of the unifying concept of The Village of Knoxville with the mission to organize opportunities that educate, elevate, encourage and empower. (www.thevillageofknox.com ). She is the host of the radio talk show titled "Talking with T" (www.talkingwitht.com) which is an extension of the mission that guides The Village of Knoxville.

Tanisha is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her hobbies include blogging, awriting, art, and jewelry design. She resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Darritt Baker and only son, Tylan Baker. 


 

 
Beal Bourne
 Jarnigan & Sons Mortuary 
2823 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue 
Knoxville, TN 37914 865 524-5575 
pbourne@aol.com
Beal Bourne knew father and daughter in life and in death.He buried them both - the father 15 years ago and the daughter last week.
"She was doing everything right," said Bourne, president ofJarnigan & Son Mortuary.
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Beal Bourne: "This was a child who was trying her best to get out of the system, and the system took her out instead."

 
Mr. Bourne has been active in the the Deathcare Industry as a mortician for over 35 years, serving both in the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity and is known as "The Official Photographer" for many years.  Mr. White has developed and hosted many websites on the Internet and also a photographer and has taken photographs at many events with Mr. Bourne.  We feel that the knowledge of the Deathcare Industry, mastery of the website on the Internet, contacts and acquaintances between Mr. Bourne and Mr. White and the lack of fear of failure will keep this project on track.  But with all projects the Support of the Community we seek to serve is the most important.  This project can only succeed if we receive the Support of the African American Deathcare Professionals.  We need you support by providing us with news, articles, events, pictures, weddings, anniversaries, celebrations, deaths and  the information you want to be shared with others in the community of Professionals. 
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Beal V. Bourne, II, CFSP Copy Editor
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David L. Gillette
 

 A native of Knoxville, Tennessee. Was reared in Mechanicsville.  

Mr. Gillette attended and received his bachelor's degree from Knoxville College in Psychology. After retaining his degree, he  worked with inner city children with the Boys & Girls Clubs for a couple years, and then he moved on and worked for years as city bus driver at KAT. After working for KAT, Mr. Gillette decided to experience law enforcement with Knox County Sheriff's Dept. 

He enjoyed what he did with Knox County but decided to pursue a career in property management working with low income families. To this day he still holds the position with a rewarding management company. Mr. ​Gillette is very involved in the community where he was raised (Mechanicsville).  He has been active member for a numerous of years which he chaired and oversaw the organization of the Mechanicsville Homecoming and his hard work as a community activist paid off. About a year ago, Mr. Gillette was elected a Vice President of the Mechanicsville Community Association, in which he currently still serves.

 David was nominated and appointed by Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, to serve as District 6b Neighborhood Advisory Council. ​

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He has found his callings in city politics and community service. David has  also received several leadership & outstanding community service awards. As of September 2015, was nominated to the CAC Community Leadership Board. Mr. Gillette has a saying –

"One hundred years from now, nobody will remember who he was and what he did. But, the world may be a little better because he made a difference in the live of a individual".


Points of Interest
 
Alex Haley Park
Morningside Dr
 
Beck Cutural Exchange Center
1927 Dandridge Ave - 37915
865-524-8461
 
Cal Johnson Park & Recreation Center
507 Hall of Fame Dr
 
Carl Cowan Park
10058 S Northshore Dr
 
Claude Walker Fields
2945 Wilson Ave
 
Danny Mayfield Park
700 College St
 
Dr. E.V. Davidson Recreaction Center
Wilson Ave
 
Dr. Walter Hardy Park
2020 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
 
Eastport Park
2036 Bethel Ave
 
Harriet Tubman Park
300 Harriet Tubman St
 
Holston River Park
3300 Holston Hills Rd
 
Knoxville Expo Center
5441 Clinton Highway - Knoxville, TN 37912
865-686-3200
 
Lonsdale Park
2705 Stonewall St
 
Malcolm Martin Park
2247 Western Ave
 
Morningside Park
1600 Dandridge Ave
 
Parkridge Park
536 N. Bertrand St
 
Sam E. Hill Park
1725 Delaware Ave
 
Skyline Park
1050 Beaman Lake Rd
 
Tyson Park
2351 Kingston Pike
 
Union Square Park
500 Chestnut St
 
William Powell Park
1900 Linden Ave
 
World's Fair Park
1060 World's Park Dr

 






Kelle Jolly​​
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is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she earned a B.S. in Music Education with concentrations in Voice. Kelle is the co-host of "What's Going On with Robert Minter",  a community television show and "Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly", a radio show on WUOT 91.9. She is a member of TN Jazz & Blues Society. Kelle Jolly was the 2011 Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Winner. She is also 2013 Community Shares- Artist of Change Award recipient.

Kelle  is a visual and musical artist who currently lives in Knoxville with her saxophonist husband, Will Boyd. Will Boyd is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University. Will received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. Will is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches private lessons and leads clinics for jazz learners. 
 


 
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In 2006, the musical couple represented the city of Knoxville at its sister city's 
jazz festival in Muroran, Japan. In 2008 they were married there. And as a
gift to the city of Muroran, Japan, Kelle and Will recorded the album,
Dreams of Muroran.  Their wedding song ALL THAT MATTERS 
is included on the Knoxville Jazz compilation CD produced
by Donald Brown, Tenors & Satin. Kelle Jolly and Will Boyd
received the MLK Commission Art Award in 2015.​
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​Chuck Williams
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A ​PROUD Veteran of the U.S. Navy that served his country with honor. He is also a former candidate for Knox County Commissioner.
Also a former candidate for Tennessee State Senate and Founder /CEO of Chuck Serving the Community. A non-profit to serve the people to cut thru the red tape of government and deal with all agencies in assisting ​​them, including the justice system and all government offices. Served in Law Enforcement Essex County Courts Warrant Squad.Chuck williams 3 (2).jpg
​Single with one biological child that is 40 years of age. Chuck had  four​ children that he buried including one in Kano, Nigeria. He had two children in Kano, along with one son that was ​ murdered here in Knoxville, one daughter died of cancer and a son died in NYC.
 Still Chuck has four sons here and 6 daughters all adopted except the one biological daughter and he is DADDY to all of them. They mean as much to him as his biological one. chuck williams 4.jpg
The murder of his son has made him very active in Victim’s Rights organizations and He has spoken and marched in numerous Stop the Violence events. chuck williams 5.jpg
Worked as an agent to black radio DJ’s on urban radio stations (KISS-FM 99.7, WBLS, etc.) in NYC before coming to Knoxville. Chuck is now Senior Director of Marketing and Promotions at WJBE 99.7fm/1040am in Knoxville. As well as the Director of the News and Sports Department at WJBE and also Special Assistant to  station owner Joe Armstrong. He covers all breaking news. Also covers  the Tennessee Smokies, University of Tennessee Football, Men and Women’s Basketball, Baseball and Softball. And finds time to cover the Carson Newman Eagles and all other area sports, as well as professional sports.​


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Mr. Albert Nelson of CAC 

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The East Knoxville Clean-Up​

 



​Stan Johnson

 


SEEED stands for Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development. The green community 
development non-profit trains inner-city youth ages 16-28 on 
solar panel homes on clean energy technologies like solar panel 
instillation, recycling, community gardens and weatherization.

The idea of SEEED is to create not only sustainable careers for all of 
Knoxville’s residents, but a sustainable city. “Knoxville stop a bullet like a job,” said Johnson.

Johnson said their programs create pathways out of poverty for youth
and increasing access to sustainable, clean energy technologies
and a sustainable food supply for low to moderate income residents.

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I am a product of the turbulent and emotion-packed 1960's, first only a street kid in the Lonsdale Homes Community of North Knoxville, then a rock-and-roll drummer in a regionally famous funk band 'Freddy and the Flamingo's' opening for such acts as Funkadelic, Bill Withers, Rufus Thomas, and Mary Wells, just to name a few.
When my life was my Art and Music, sporting bigger than real Afro hair and fur- trimmed knee-high boots, rocking Knoxville's world. I later worked as a draftsman for TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), and then I joined the Knoxville Police Department.
A few years later, when the artistic urge was too strong to deny, I relocated to Washington, D.C., establishing Geneva Galleries Inc. 
 

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Vicissitude, the core expression of my artistic exploration,
Is based on an abstract geometrical triptych expressing what I felt and experienced as ​a young man in the south of the 1960's with the challenges of intergration and trying to interpret the stories my father Eldred Libby Taylor  told me about his childhood in Georgia. The idea for the three panels came to me over a six-year period, they represent the Past, Present, and Future of the black race, associated with each panel, are paintings and drawings I designed using Pencil and chalk pastel to represent that time in our vast history. It is my hope to engage my audience with subliminal imagery to tell the stories I feel should be preserved as a reflection of who we are and the brevity of our ancestral sacrafice and struggle for freedom and equality.
Since 1975 I have been involved with art and the business of art, working, exploring the history and development of the trade. Known and unknown artists, friends and family have always inspired me to persue my dream of one day opening and operating Geneva Galleries Inc.
  • 1982: First Solo Exhibition, University of Tennessee, Black Student Union -    Black History Month Exhibition and Lecture
  • 1983: Solo Exhibition, Howard University Blackburn Center
  • 1986: Commissioned by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • 2010: Establishing Giclee Printing Division for Geneva Galleries Inc.
  • 2013: Speaker/Industry Expert Paneslist ArtExpo 2013 NYC
  • 2014: Speaker/Industry Expert Paneslist ArtExpo 2014 NYC
  • 2014: Establishing The Geneva Group / Interior Design Fullfillment Center
  • 2014: Opening Knoxville, Tennessee Studio / Gallery @ Cedar Bluff​

Evangel​ist Sherri Smith​

In 2014, Sherri has launched Sols Magazine Inc. Enterprises. Sherri is the publisher, editor in Chief and has her sons as freelance writers for the company. They will focus on bringing you stories that will empower you to trust your Faith and give those who want to share their stories an outlet. This magazine will be offered quarterly in the months of March/ June/ September/ December each year. Their mission is to get these magazines in the hands of those in prison, jail, homeless shelters, juvenile facilities, runaway shelters and those families who have deceased children. God placed all this heartache on her to be a vessel for those who will need transparency with their situation s in life. No one will Ever know how you feel, but to have someone who you can talk to that  has been down that dark road can make it easier to vent and cry. Sherri Williams is that person. Sherri has totally Let go and is letting God guide her & her children so that her story will encourage our government, celebrities , ministries and organizations to sponsor magazines to those who need motivation to have hope, to write, to sing, to pray and to believe that We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Phil 4:13.  Sherri continues to host Bless the Mic events as Fundraisers to help get magazines to prisons, shelters our homeless and parents of deceased children. They continue to share their story and empowering the gifts in others from singing, dancing, poetry and spoken word. Sherri is available to do Public speaking events and workshops. Please review our WELCOME page for sponsorship opportunities. We thank you in advance.
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​​​Churches​​

Bentley Street Christian Church
217 Bentley St - Knoxville, TN
865-525-0231
 
Bethany Baptist Church
908 Buff St - Knoxville, TN 37917
865-522-1004
 
Bethel AME Church
3811 Boyds Bridge Pike - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-6396
 
Bethel Apostolic Temple
319 Douglas Ave - Knoxville, TN 37921
865-525-5283
 
Bethel Baptist Church
537 Hall Rd - Alcoa, TN 37701
865-962-6391
 
Beulah's Church Of God
1510 University Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-524-3552
 
Boyd Street Church Of God
1621 Boyd St - Knoxville, TN
865-521-6439
 
Boyds Creek Church Of God
1074 Cedar Spring Valley - Sevierville, TN 37876
865-428-0688
 
Brazleton Baptist Church
891 Hazel Rd - Harriman, TN 37748
865-882-8204
 
Burnside House Of Prayer
2812 Burnside Ave - Knoxville, TN 37915
865-522-2142
 
Canaan Baptist Church
1117 Beaman Lake Rd - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-2842
 
Children Of God Church Of God In Christ
309 Deaderick Ave - Knoxville, Tn 
865-544-1730
 
Church Of God Sanctified
729 Cherry St - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-4491
 
Claborn Temple AME Church
3115 Lay Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-4353
 
Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church
546 College St - Knoxville, TN
865-522-1057
 
College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
1837 Brandau St - Knoxville, TN
865-524-1424
 
Community Evangelistic Church
2650 Boyds Bridge Pike - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-1589
 
Concord AME Zion Church
713 Loop Rd - Knoxville, TN 37915
865-
 
Edgewood Chapel AME Zion Church
2440 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-2391
 
Emmanuel United Presbyterian Church
3023 Selma Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-523-3011
 
Eternal Life Harvest Center
3801 Western Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-971-1988
 
First AME Zion Church
1900 McCalla Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-6250
 
First Baptist Church Roseberry City
217 Hiawassee Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-546-3072
 
First United Presbyterian Church
901 College Drive - Knoxville, TN 37921
865-673-3072
 
Foster Chapel Baptist Church
2101 Ault Road - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-688-8588
 
Freedon Fellowship Christian Church
4310 Paper Mill RD - Knoxville, TN 37909
865-212-3450
 
Grady's Chapel AME Zion Church
Sanford Day Rd - Knoxville, TN 37919
865-
Greater Bush Grove Baptist Church
1455 W 4th Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-546-0598
 
Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church
1912 5th Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-8485
 
Greater First Church Of God In Christ
1954 Donald Lee Derrickson Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-637-1129
 
Greater Mt Moriah FBH Church
2001 Western Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-525-6773

 
Greater Shiloh Pentecosta Fellowship Church Of God
2526 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-4193​


 

 

 

 
 
Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church
3800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-8040
 
Goodes Temple AME Zion Church
476 Old Dandridge Pike - Strawberry Plains, TN
865-933-8099
 
Harris Chapel Baptist Church
Twin Creek Rd - Knoxville, TN 37920
865-573-5214
 
Holy Ghost Catholic Church
1041 N Central Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-522-2205
 
House Of God Church
2334 Parkview Ave - Knoxville, Tn 37914
865-524-2855
 
Huston Street Baptist Church
819 Huston St - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-1423
 
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
414 W Vine Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-522-1508
 
Lennon Seney United Methodist Church
2084 Dandridge Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-0289
 
Little Leaf Baptist Church
228 Tri County Blvd - Oliver Springs, TN 37840
865-0911
 
Living Word Baptist Church
3635 E. Magnolia Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-673-4880
 
Logan Temple AME Zion Church
2744 Selma Ave - Knoxville, TN 37913
865-522-5233
 
Lomax Temple AME Zion Church
3220 Sherman St - Knoxville, TN
865-971-4538
 
McDonald Drive Church of Christ
3800 McDonald Rd - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-0161
 
Martin Chapel United Methodist Church
1746 Ohio Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-522-1543
 
Mattie E Coleman Memorial CME Church
2537 Selma Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-0681
 
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
121 Fern St - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-673-8514
 
Mt Calvary Baptist Church
1807 Dandridge Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-5912
 
Mt Olive Baptist Church
1601 Dandridge Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-1601
 
Mt Pleasant Baptist Church
4900 Lyons View Pike - Knoxville, TN 37923
865-523-5379
 
Mt Pleasant Baptist Church
Rockford, TN
865-977-1082
 
Mt Sinal Baptist Church
419 Jarnigan St - Clinton, TN 37716
865-457-3018
 
Mt Zion Baptist Church
2714 Brooks Rd - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-2715
 
Mt Zion Baptist Church
195 Wiberforce Ave - Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-483-9702
 
New Covenant Baptist Church
209 Canton Hollow Rd - Knoxville, TN
865-671-3370
 
New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
1933 Texas Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-523-8813
 
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2504 Cecil Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-522-1267
 
New Living Faith Community Church
120 E. Woodland Ave - Knoxville, TN 37917
865-523-7911
 
New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
1801 8th Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-525-4739
 
New Selem Baptist Church
2041 Bethel Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-4212
 
Oak Grove AME Zion Church
5667 Washington Pike - Knoxville, TN
865-523-3903
 
Oak Valley Baptist Church
199 Hampton Rd - Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-483-5162


 
 

 

 
Oakwood United Methodist Church
334 E. Burwell Ave - Knoxville, TN 37917
865-523-8948
 
Open Door Church
2806 Sherman St - Knoxville, TN
865-329-3330
 
Parkview House Of God
2334 Parkview Ave - Knoxville, TN 37917
 

Payne Avenue Baptist Church
2714 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoville, TN 37914
865-524-7234
 
Peace and Good Will Missionary Baptist Church
Washington Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-522-1081
 
Randolph Avenue United Methodist Church
1607 Randolph Ave - Pulaski, VA 24301
540-980-8775
 
Rest Haven Baptist Church
224 E. Watt Rd - Alcoa, TN 37701
865-983-2693

Rogers Memorial Baptist Church
520 College Street - Knoxville, TN
865-523-2334
 
St John Baptist Church
2250 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-8873
 
St Joseph's House Of Prayer
1300 University Ave - Knoxville, TN
865-546-4877
 
St Luke's Episcopal Church
600 S Chestnut St - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-4244
 
St Mary's Baptist Church
1038 Trenton St - Harriman, TN 37748
865-882-9381

St Paul AME Church
810 Hall Rd - Maryville, TN 37701
865-984-5855
 
St Paul AME Zion Episcopal Church 
401 Broadway - Maryville, TN 37803
865-984-5364
 
St Paul Baptist Church
2342 Louise Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-7095
 
Sentertown Missionary Baptist Church
7147 Millertown Pike - Knoxville, TN 
865-525-2723
 
Shiloh United Presbyterian Church
904 Biddle - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-3701
 
Smith Chapel Church Of God In Christ
1110 Ohio Ave - Knoxville, TN 
865-637-7789
 
Speight Chapel AME Zion
400 W. Strange - Rockwood, TN 37853
865-354-4010
 
Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion
100 Houston Ave - Oak Ridge, TN 37840
865-483-3439
 
Tabernacle Baptist Church
2137 Martin Luther King Jr Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-2034
 
Trinity Chapel Church Of God In God
2615 Washington Ave - Knoxville,TN 37917
865-522-6617
 
Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church
222 Kirkwood St - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-0546
 
True Vine Baptist Church
2547 Washington Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-522-7794
 
Universal Church Of Deliverance
2611 E Magnolia Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-0888
 
Victory View Baptist Church
3102 Salma Ave - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-546-2600
 
Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church
5103 Homberg Dr - Knoxville, TN
865-588-0284
 
Wilder Street Baptist Church
1531 Wilder Place - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-523-1081
 
Williams Chapel AE Zion Church
402 Old Valley Rd - Harriman, TN 37748
865-882-5186
 
Wimpole House Of God
3100 Wimpole Ave - Knoxville,TN 37914
865-522-3216
 
Word of Life Ministries
1938 Speedway Circle - Knoxville, TN 37914
865-546-5667

 
World Explosion Center
6714 Central Ave - Knoxville, TN 37912
865-687-6777
 
Young's Memorial AME Zion Church
1083 Old A J Highway - New Market, TN 37820
865-475-9141




 
 



 



 

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