Day: September 18, 2017

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: HARRY TINDELL (District 4)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Harry Tindell is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of the UT, Knoxville with a B.S. in Business Finance. Harry grew up in the 4th district and currently resides in the Alice Bell/Spring Hill community. Harry Tindell was elected Tennessee State Representative in the 97th to 107th General Assemblies, serving from 1990 to 2012. Harry’s experience ranges from finance, tax policy and budgeting issues to education, healthcare and local government issues. His leadership includes Chair of the powerful Budget Subcommittee, Vice-chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the influential Local Government Subcommittee, Vice-chair of the...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: REBECCA PARR (District 1)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Rebecca’s education and career has been in theatre and opera production. She worked for 19 years with the Knoxville Opera and many other theatre projects, and she has worked the last 11 years as the production manager for UT School of Music Opera Theatre. Rebecca has been a proud member of the local stagehand union, IATSE 197, before devoting her time to help raise her great-nephew and provide support for her family. Rebecca serves on the board of Community Action Committee as a representative for the Head Start Policy Council (chairperson) and graduated from the 2017 CAC...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: JENNIFER MONTGOMERY (District 6)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Jennifer not only lives in the sixth district, she owns a business there. She owns a small real estate company, Trotta Montgomery Real Estate on W. 5th Avenue. The business recently bought and is renovating a building at 2300 E. Magnolia Avenue and are excited about working at the street level. Jennifer’s family is from the sixth district. Her great-grandfather owned a plumbing shop on University Avenue, and her grandfather worked at a lumber yard on Washington Avenue, the street on which she lives. She has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. She looked...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: GWEN MCKENZIE (District 6)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Gwen is a lifelong resident of Knoxville and has been employed with CVS Health for 15 years as Executive Advisor, as well as previously employed with Covenant Health Ft. Sanders Loudon Hospital; Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula Lighthouse. Currently, she serves on the Metropolitan Airport Authority and Knoxville Area Urban League boards and is a member of the Knoxville Links Incorporated. She is also a member of Town Hall East Neighborhood Association, East Knoxville Business and Professional Association and East Towne Business Alliance. Gwen attended South Carolina State College. She volunteers with Shoes for School, PBS Television, Feeding...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: LAUREN RIDER (District 4)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Lauren Rider is an active leader who has worked with neighborhoods and businesses to make our community safer and stronger. She is experienced with City processes and advocating for the community as a two-term Neighborhood Advisory Council member, past-president of Old North Knoxville and current Broadway Corridor Task Force co-chair. Lauren has both small business and leadership experience, having led several community-based renovation projects that contributed to the recent wave of revitalization in North Knoxville. When frustrated by vacant, problem properties, Lauren reached out to neighbors and formed collaborative LLCs to tackle several problem properties. They were...

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