Powell is one of five finalists for a $1,000 community improvement mini-grant that the Knoxville Chamber will award at the conclusion of its Endeavor Summit 2018, set for Thursday, Sept. 13, at The Mill & Mine.
The winner will be chosen by participants following presentations by applicants. Powell’s request was submitted by the Enhance Powell committee of the Powell Business & Professional Association. It seeks support for benches for the linear park in front of Powell Middle School which will be installed this fall. While beautifying the western entrance to Powell on Emory Road, the project also creates a place to rest along the greenway and a spot for middle school students to socialize before and after school. Other finalists are:
- Centro Hispano de East Tennessee – which seeks funding to include parents on school-sponsored field trips to local attractions and to offer more low-cost destinations for families.
- Junior Achievement of East Tennessee – which seeks $500 start-up capital for two student-run businesses through the group’s experiential high school entrepreneurship program.
- Knoxville-Knox County CAC Mobile Meals – which would replace existing or purchase new coolers, allowing Mobile Meals to serve every senior who qualifies for the program. Currently, the group delivers 1,000 meals each weekday.
- Southside Waterfront Neighborhood Association – which wants to transform the one-lane underpass beneath the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that spans W. Blount Avenue. The group would clean, prime and paint a mural that reflects the neighborhood on the walls of the underpass.