Neighborhood Preparedness Program

It is just part of human nature to be reactionary.  All too often we are motivated to make positive changes only after tragedy has struck. Doesn’t it make more sense to spend some time and effort preparing for events that could cripple our neighborhoods or even our entire city before a crisis arrives?

Fortunately, we live in a city where our city leaders have invested in resources to help each neighborhood prepare for a variety of circumstances including (but not limited to) severe weather events, widespread illnesses, the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment, or even a terrorist attack.   

Starting immediately our neighborhood will be partnering with the City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods and the Knox County Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) to move the residents served by the KP-SHA toward becoming better prepared – at both the household and neighborhood level.

A neighborhood can’t be prepared unless individual households are prepared. Therefore, workshops will be offered where each family can learn how to:

  put together a “Household Ready Kit”

  create a communication plan for loved ones and neighbors

  shut off (and more importantly turn back on) utilities

  develop skills and knowledge in such things as CPR and fire safety    

The bigger logistical challenge will be at the neighborhood level.  A team of people will be needed to help in various ways:

  Determine what needs our neighbors might have in the event of a crisis such as a long-term power outage.

  Develop a list of neighbors who are willing to share specialized skills such as CPR, First Aid, plumbing, operate a chain saw, etc.

  Create a communication plan and be part of a communication team so that we can help KEMA better prioritize the resources of first-responders and figure out the best way we can serve each other

Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Along those same lines, Howard Ruff is quoted as saying “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Let’s move our neighborhood toward being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem once disaster strikes.  

If you would like to help our neighborhood be proactive in this regard, please contact Chris Austin at

The Volunteer Spirit Still Lives

Although the number is small, a group of faithful volunteers weed and tend the 14 shrub beds on Cherokee Boulevard from season to season, many from year to year. So that you may thank them, they are: Judith Johnston, Olga Crumpton, Bruce Raulston, Hopie Carlson, Christian O’Hern, Janet White, Sherry King, Denise Anderson, Jessica and Terrell McGhee, Nancy Bills, Wanda Wagner, Pamela Fritts, Elaine Powell, and Sandy Carr. 

Volunteers Judith Johnston and Kirstin Kropilak are working their way down the Boulevard uncovering and cleaning the Memorial Tree Plaques. Many thanks to Allan Morgan for digging out the bed at the Keowee roundabout so that a permanent ground cover could
be planted.

The Sunhouse fountain beds, the gardens at Scenic/Southgate, and 7 island beds are planted and maintained professionally. All of this is funded by your donations to the KP-SHA Beautification Committee. These beds are overseen by Tamara Warner, Barbara Hillard, and Nancy Bills.

If you have a little extra time and energy, please consider helping further the beautification of the neighborhood. It requires only 2-4 hours per month, gardening hand tools, and a bucket or tarp for weeds ..... no experience needed. Contact

Neighborhood Watch

Most criminal activity in Sequoyah Hills over the past year has involved "Crimes of Opportunity." Vehicles have been left unlocked, window's left open, and items of value left in plain sight. Unfortunately this has also been true with residences. More residential thefts (crimes committed by suspects known by or having access to a residence - worker, repairman, friend of someone , etc) have been reported than residential burglaries (crimes committed by an unknown suspect breaking into a residence).

Please remember to contact KPD to report any signs of criminal activity through 911 for emergencies and 215-4010 for non-emergencies before posting the information on Facebook.

The City and Traffic Calming

The City’s traffic calming program is formally starting up again after several years of dormancy. The Office of Neighborhoods conducted an outreach effort last spring and hopes to have a final policy in place in late summer, at which point neighborhoods can apply for traffic calming measures. 

Traffic calming generally includes a combination of enforcement, education, and engineering solutions. Engineering solutions usually include introducing horizontal shifts within the road (like traffic circles and roundabouts), or vertical shifts like raised crosswalks, raised intersections, or speed cushions (a better speed hump, not to be confused with speed bumps found in parking lots). All of these are designed to be safely and comfortably traversed at the speed limit, 25mph. They’re meant to be uncomfortable at higher speeds. They are also designed to accommodate emergency vehicles. Well-designed traffic calming programs have been implemented across the country. Different traffic calming designs have been proven most effective at reducing cut-through traffic, speeds, noise, crashes, and even improving health – all of which increase property values and livability. Compared to enforcement and education campaigns, engineering improvements
provide long-term improvements. 

There are not a lot of great examples of traffic calming measures implemented in Knoxville. Nearby speed humps and lane-narrowing islands are in the Forest Glen neighborhood and raised crosswalks are on Joe Johnson Drive on UT campus. Go check them out and, in the meantime, contact KP-SHA if you know of a street with unacceptable speeds or cut-through traffic.