Fourth & Gill Fall Newsletter

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September 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

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Happenings around the hood…

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Home Tour Brunch: Information will be sent via email

Home Tours 1:00pm – 6:pm

Guided Tours: 1:30pm and 2:30pm

The tradition of our neighborhood Tour of Homes began in early 1990 as the neighborhood was battling TDOT in regard to freeway expansion and was struggling to find help and recognition to assist in that battle. How could we get the attention of the entire neighborhood, city government, and citizens of Knoxville to come to our defense – to help us save a historic piece of the city that had long been forgotten?

The answer was: show it off! Let the world know what has been happening here in the inner city, right beside the freeway. And Voila!! A Tour of Homes! With much fear and uncertainty, six brave souls began meeting and planning the biggest party they had ever planned. After hours of volunteer effort, and the hospitality of even braver folks who opened their homes for the event, we all waited through a sleepless night and in breathless anticipation to see if anyone would come to our party.

On Saturday, September 22, 1990 we proudly opened our doors to 1,000 curious visitors who came to discover their grandmother’s home, sit on real front porches, rub their hands over old oak mantles, look at period furniture and light fixtures, and, most importantly, rediscover history. One thousand people!! Amazing!! Our party was a huge success – and it has continued for 30 years.

People continue to tour Historic Fourth and Gill because it is a truly unique Knoxville neighborhood that gets better with age. Most of the homes are now over 100 years old; a rarity in our-throw away culture. Visitors experience high quality, original craftsmanship, and painstaking restorations. They delight in the way old rooms have been adapted into contemporary spaces. They connect to family, community history, and to the warmth and friendliness of the residences.

With much excitement, as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary Tour, the Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Committee invites you to spend the day with us. New for the 2020 Tour, we are offering a pre-tour brunch, complete with delicious food selections and light cocktails. Mayor Indya Kincannon will recognize members of the original Tour of Homes Committee and speak of her time as a 20-year resident. Guests who choose to take advantage of the brunch option, please provide your email address when purchasing ticket(s) at FourthandGill.Org, so we may update you with forthcoming information.

Included with the general admission ticket and open to all tour guests, the 2020 Tour will also feature an exhibit at the Neighborhood Center, a.k.a., The Birdhouse. This exhibit will focus on tours of the past.

Tour guests may choose to walk the self guided tour path or hitch a ride on a trolley. Yet, another new feature for 2020, two guided tours, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, will be available to all guests who would like to participate. Our tour guides are “long time” residents with vast knowledge of the neighborhood.

Please join us as the 30-year party continues in this premier Knoxville Historic District. Welcome to our table!

Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Tickets

Please bring a copy of your receipt to the ticket table at Central United Methodist Church to claim your tour booklet(s).


30th Anniversary Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes and Brunch

Exact brunch location information will be sent to your email address. Please look for additional information to come for our special pre-tour brunch!

50.00 $


Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Tickets

Please bring a copy of your receipt to the ticket table at Central United Methodist Church to claim your tour booklet(s).

12.00 $

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Our neighbor, INDYA KINCANNON, is the new Mayor of Knoxville City!

INdyaA truly historic moment for Fourth & Gill.

Our neighbor, INDYA KINCANNON, is the new Mayor of Knoxville City.

Our warmest congratulations to Indya, her husband Ben, and their daughters Dahlia and Georgia!

The group photo is one of Indya with the Fourth & Gillians who were at the party.

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Golden Shovel Winners!

The Spring Golden Shovel Award was awarded to Melynda Whetsel. A previous winner, Melynda’s yard looks wonderful. The Winter award went to Todd and Emily Wakefield at 1202 Luttrell Street for their fabulous holiday decorations. The competition is fierce.  We will be adding previous winners in this category in the next few weeks!Golden Shovel


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Neighborhood Bulletin Board

The Fourth & Gill Woolly Bears in collaboration with the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization were recently awarded a grant from the City of Knoxville Neighborhoods Dept. One of the items funded in the grant is materials to build a bulletin board for the Fourth & Gill Park. One side of the bulletin board will be devoted to Wildlife Habitat information the other side will be open for neighbors to post about lost pets, events, poems, favorite found doodles, etc…. The grants are awarded to projects that encourage neighbors to work together to improve their neighborhoods and build relationships along the way. We are putting a call out for volunteers to help build the bulletin board structure. All skill levels are welcome. We will be meeting in the park on Saturdays from 10-1 in April and Sundays from 10-1 in May. Shown is a picture of a bulletin board structure in the South Woodlawn neighborhood that we are modeling our design on. I will also include a list of materials that we will be needing. If you happen to have some of these materials laying around and would like to donate them to the project that will help us along with a very tight materials budget. To donate building supplies please contact Gerry at

Building materials needed:                                                      

 2 @ 6 x 6 x 10 treated lumber

5 pressure treated 4 x 4 x 8 lumber

6 @ 50 lb. bags fast setting concrete

3’ x 2 ½’ plexiglass

3’ x 2’ cork and adhesive

Tar paper

Shingles (cedar)


2 @ 3/4” X 4’ X 8’ treated plywood

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Early bird tickets on sale for $10 until the end of March!


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Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Yard Sale – Save the Date!

Make plans to attend the Fourth & Gill neighborhood yard sale, April 13th, 7:30 a.m.  Preparations are under way and we expect several homes as usual to be included in this year’s event.  Specific homes participating will be posted once confirmed.

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Upcoming in March!

Saturday, March 2nd – Arbor Day Celebration at the Park – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18th – Board Meeting at the Neighborhood Center – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30th – Spring Cleanup at the Traffic Circle – 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 31st – Knoxville Marathon – Water Station at 900 Luttrell Block – 7:30 a.m.


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2019-New Year New Calendar

Click here or check the “calendar” tab for the calendar for 2019.

Our next event is the potluck and annual meeting scheduled for Monday, February 11th. The potluck begins at 6:00pm at the Central United Methodist Church with the annual meeting to follow. Hope to see you there!

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Fourth & Gill and Old North Knox combined Potluck!

The annual combined potluck between the Historic Fourth & Gill and Old North Knox Neighborhoods is this Monday, September 5th at St. James Episcopal Church on Broadway at 6:00 PM. See you there!

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Summer 2018 Events

June 8th – Porch Hop – porches to be announced soon – 6:30 PM.

July 13 – Ice Cream Social – Fourth & Gill Park – 7 PM.

August 12 – Potluck and School Supply Drive at the Park – 5 PM.

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Street Sign Update!

Historic District Street Sign

You might have noticed the new “Historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood” street signs that have been installed over the past few weeks. The effort was lead by a fundraising committee, including Katy Hawley, Joe Miles, Kaye Osborne, Sue Russell, Brent Waugh, and Melynda and Bob Whetsel.

Not only did the neighborhood surpass its goal of $8,000 needed to purchase the signs, we did so in only three weeks—a week earlier than planned. As a result, the City of Knoxville was able to install nearly all the signs by early April, in time for the 2018 Home Tour.

We reached our goal through nearly 50 gifts of all sizes—thank you to the supporters who made Fourth and Gill’s historic district street signs possible, including:
Gabrielle Boudreau and Gordon Coker                    Thomas Boyd
Sam Crockett                                                                  Howard Cyr and Katy Hawley
Nick Della Volpe                                                            Elisabeth and Scott Dossey
Elias Fernandez and Nina Martyris                          Nancy Fitzpatrick
Kaye Graybeal and David Silverthorn                      Patrick Grzanka and Joe Miles
Steve Hancock                                                               Anna Hays
Dave and Renee Hewitt                                               Mary Anne Hoskins
Indya Kincannon                                                          Jim and Lori Klonaris
Sean and Sara Martin                                                  Jeri and Steve McNeany
Karen, Lucia, and Giacomo McNeany                      Laurie Meschke
Kevin Nelson                                                                 Ashley and Brandon Pace
Shannon Parks Denton                                               Tricia Roelofs
Sue G. Russell                                                                Joel, Melissa, and Lia Stefanini
Jeff Talman                                                                    Jason and Mary June Thompson          Meg Staton and Evan Tishuk                                     Jennifer and Mike Torgeson
Liz Upchurch                                                                 Brent, Megan, and Theo Waugh
Chris and Melissa Weddig                                          Bob and Melynda Whetsel
Jonathan and Lacy Wiesehuegel                               Jenny Wright and Coconut

And to our corporate supporters:
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes                                            First Neighborhoods Realty
High Oaks Construction Company, LLC                  Hops and Hollers

Thanks to the City of Knoxville Department of Engineering for the wonderful partnership and for the top-notch customer service.

If you would like more information regarding contributing to future Fourth and Gill campaigns, and to get involved in the neighborhood fundraising committee, contact Brent Waugh.


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April 2018 Events

Sat. April 14: Neighborhood Yard Sale, 7:30 AM.

Sat. April 21: Spring Cleanup at the Traffic Circle, 9 AM.

Sun. April 29: Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, 1 – 6 PM. More information on this event can be found here.

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March Events

Join us at these great March events!

Sun. March 11: Potluck at the Neighborhood Center. Wooly Bear guest speaker on coyotes – Steven Lyn Bales from Ijams, 5 PM.

Mon. March 19: Board Meeting at the Neighborhood Center, 6:30 PM.

Sat. March 24: Spring Cleanup at the Traffic Circle, 9 AM. Sun 25: Knoxville Marathon. Water Station at 900 Luttrell Block, 7:30 AM

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2018 Calendar is Posted!

Click here or check the “calendar” tab for the full 2018 calendar.

Our next event is the potluck and annual meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 11th. The potluck begins at 5:30pm at the Neighborhood Center. Hope to see you there!

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Fourth & Gill Holiday Open House

O Come All Ye Fourth & Gillians! And join in the festivities of the annual Holiday Home Tour on December 10 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
There will be food and drink and lots of good cheer.
We will also be collecting contributions for the Historic Street Signs.
Check the listserv for specific addresses.
Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Historic Street Signs Fundraiser

Big News: Fourth and Gill is launching a crowdfunding campaign to install historic district street signs. Find out more, and make your gift today by clicking here. Don’t delay, the campaign closes Dec. 18! 

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Upcoming Events


Come and enjoy the fun!


Saturday, October 21st: Wild Rabbit Berry Patch Volunteer Day, 3rd Avenue (between 4th Avenue and Luttrell Street), 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween Party, corner of Luttrell Street and Caswell Avenue, 5:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 1st: Pumpkin Parade, Fourth & Gill Park, 7:00 PM.

NEW DATE! Sunday, November 12th: Potluck and Food Drive, Neighborhood Center, 5:00 PM.

Contact us if you have questions about upcoming events. We hope to see you there.



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Tour of Homes – April 23rd

Tour of Homes tickets are on sale now! The Tour is on Sunday, April 23rd from 1-6pm, and tickets cost $10 (free for kids 12 and under) if purchased in advance.

2017 web click for tickets

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2017 Calendar is Up!

Check the “Calendar” tab for the full 2017 calendar. You soon will be receiving a flyer at your doorstep that has the calendar and other neighborhood information.

Our next event is the potluck and annual meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13th. The potluck begins at 6:30pm at Central United Methodist Church located at 201 Third Avenue. Hope to see you there!

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January Board Meeting

The next Fourth + Gill Board meeting will take place on Monday, January 23rd. We meet from 6:45-8:00pm at the Neighborhood Center (located at 800 N. Fourth). Contact Jenny Wright with questions.

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School Supply Drive for Beaumont!

We will be collecting school supplies for Beaumont Magnet Academy between Saturday, August 6 and Monday, August 15.

Check out the list of needed school supplies needed and information about donation drop offs!

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Traffic + Safety Program

Dear neighbors-

Speeding and traffic safety have been on our radar for quite some time, and our Knoxville Police Department liaison has worked with us to implement speed stops on some of our busier streets. While we will continue to work with our KPD liaison, we may have an opportunity to work with the city to curb speeding on a larger scale. The City of Knoxville recently released a draft program guide for a new Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP). The program is expected to launch this summer and the city is looking for public comment on the proposed program.

The program guide and program flow chart are available online; hard copies may be obtained by calling David Massey at 865-215-3232. The NTSP- developed jointly by the city’s Engineering Department, Police Department, and Office of Neighborhoods- will employ a three prong approach to managing neighborhood traffic concerns: education, enforcement, and engineering.

I encourage you to read the proposal and provide feedback in the following ways:

– Attend one of two public meetings: Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:00pm, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona Street -or- Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:30pm, West High School, 3300 Sutherland Avenue

– Complete the online survey

Email comments to the city’s NTSP account

Email me directly and I will communicate your feedback to appropriate individuals in the Engineering Department, Police Department, and Office of Neighborhoods

I recently attended a presentation regarding the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program, and I believe the program provides a much needed comprehensive approach to neighborhood concerns about speeding and traffic and is one that places an emphasis on individual neighborhood needs. After the program is finalized (likely later in the summer) our neighborhood organization board will discuss problem areas within Fourth + Gill and whether we should submit an application. Please note that if we submit an application, we will have to garner signatures from Fourth + Gill residents and will reach out to and rely on you for input before submitting an application.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding the NTSP or if you have any concerns about or ideas for our great neighborhood.

Very sincerely-
Jenny from the Brownlow
Historic Fourth + Gill
Neighborhood Organization President

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