Welcome to the first on line edition of the KP-SHA newsletter! Perhaps part of the reason we enjoy our old-fashioned neighborhood is because the rest of our world is changing so rapidly. While protecting the character of our neighborhood, however, it is important that KP-SHA keep up with the communications technologies that everyone is becoming accustomed to.
Happy New Year from the KP-SHA Board of Directors! It was a busy year for Sequoyah Hills; we would like to share some of our achievements and highlights in 2014.
Hidden in the Neighborhood Information drop-down menu on the KP-SHA web site is a map. You’ve probably not noticed it – after all, you’ve already mastered the rare skill of knowing how to get around in our neighborhood.
Still, it’s a colorful map that shows the whole of the Kingston Pike-Sequoyah Hills area, and you can view it in the default satellite view or, by clicking on the small inset in the lower left, in the street view. There are still more navigational possibilities. You can click on the + option in the lower right to get a closer look, and clicking on the instruction just under the map to see a larger version will produce not only the promised larger image, but a list of what are called Conservation Districts.
KP-SHA maintains a closed group Facebook page and you’re invited! We are 700 members strong and continuing to grow! This is a great place to share neighborhood news, ask questions, check on security issues, and or help a lost dog find its way home! And make sure your neighbors are in the Facebook group as well!
One of the most important things our neighborhood association does is monitor zoning issues. Zoning regulations are especially important to settled residential neighborhoods. These rules safeguard the “look and feel” of street views that have evolved over many years. When we drive along Cherokee Boulevard and up and down the web of streets it encircles, we are seeing zoning regulations at work.
In January 2014, KP-SHA was alerted that a zoning change request had been made by a developer who wanted to demolish the home at 3222 Kingston Pike, to build a community of duplexes. During a productive meeting with the developer, KP-SHA shared that neighbors were protective of our zoning, as well as the value placed on preserving the home and the concern about probable traffic safety hazards that a higher density development would create. After the meeting, the developer graciously and respectfully withdrew his request.
The last newsletter reported that KP-SHA had been talking with the City of Knoxville’s arborist to identify locations where trees could be planted to replace the canopy cover lost in recent years due to storms, insects, vines and other reasons. The hope is to restore 60 trees over the next five years. After the newsletter went out, several people in the neighborhood made recommendations and some expressed concerns. Each of these comments was shared with the city’s arborist as we made final plans for the first stage of trees.
It has been quite a year for Talahi Park, as our president’s letter summarizes. The final piece of the Phase 1 restoration plan was completed when eight hand-made concrete park benches were added between the hornbeam trees in late December. To pay tribute to the vision and artistic quality that Robert Foust had for Talahi, we hired artist Justin Paulk of Paulk & Co to hand-make the new benches. The first step in the process was to make a mold replicating Foust's original park benches. Once the molds were made, the concrete was poured and each bench was cast in three separate pieces. The benches were then installed between the new hornbeam trees making a stunning addition to our beloved park.
The Cherokee Boulevard clean up day on December 13 was a great success. Sixteen friends and neighbors gave up their Saturday morning and braved cold temperatures to clear leaves from the median and help spruce up our beautiful neighborhood. The volunteers included Gaines Pittenger, Olga Crumpton, Rich Wright, Susan Wright, Reed Crumpton, Mike Hamil, Twi Truh, Valerie Nicholson, Brian Hemel, Ross Treakle, Maggie Nicholson, Chris Quinn, Sandy Gillespie, Jim Johnston, Judith Johnston, and Edward Nicholson. We may have missed a few folks who joined in unannounced. Some of these volunteers are not even residents of Sequoyah Hills, but were happy to help. We used blowers and rakes to neatly move leaves in the median to the edge of the street so that the city vacuum trucks could easily remove them. KP-SHA greatly appreciates everyone’s efforts!
For the last couple of years, KP-SHA has partnered with the Tennessee Izaak Walton League (an organization that focuses on cleaning and restoring East Tennessee’s water supply) to install and maintain seven pet waste stations near the Boulevard and in Talahi Park. The stations have been extremely effective - over 15,000 bags were used in the last year, and feedback has been great.
Paying too much for cable and internet?
Once your promotion runs out, the cable company charges you for the everyday street price. Here’s what you do:
At each KP-SHA board meeting, a member of the Knoxville Police Department reports on security issues over the past month. One thing the officers make clear is that neighbors should not hesitate to report suspicious people or vehicles. If any risk seems imminent, they ask that we call 911. Otherwise, they recommend that we call the non-emergency number (865-215-4010). Although we might often be concerned about bothering the police about something minor, checking out suspicious situations is one of the things they regularly do. So, if you’re concerned about things that you see, don’t hesitate – call KPD.