Our Town Neighbors: What’s happening?

Beth KinnaneFountain City, Gibbs/Corryton, Karns/Hardin Valley, North Knoxville, Our Town Neighbors

The “Run for The Wall” returns to East Tennessee May 25. After a 2-year hiatus, an estimated 250 veterans on motorcycles – members of the Run for the Wall brigade – will arrive at the Marathon truck stop/TA Travel Center at I-40 exit 369 at 9:45 a.m. for a one-hour break on their way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Weekend.


The riders will be making a quick pit stop on the way to their lunchtime destination in Bristol after spending the night in Chattanooga. This, the 28th annual ride, leaves May 17 from Rancho Cucamonga, California and culminates in the nation’s capital on May 28. An estimated 300 veterans will be gassing up, and the community is invited to come meet them and see their bikes. Or find a pedestrian-safe overpass to show support with signs or flags. They will be departing Watt Road at 10:15 a.m. For more information, go here.

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The Karns Community Pool is still hiring! The recently refurbished pool needs more lifeguards. For more information or to fill out a job application, go here.

Fountain City

The Mend House Sober Living Community for Men will celebrate the opening of its new facility with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, May 25, at 12:30 p.m. The facility is located at 312 Knox Lane. The ribbon cutting not only celebrates this facility, but thanks the men, women and organizations that have helped raise over $375,000 to pay off the debt on facilities so resources can be focused on helping more people. For more information go here.

Gibbs/Corryton

Corryton Hospitality Food Pantry will open this Thursday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, 7815 Corryton Road. This is the USDA pantry, so photo ID and proof of income are required.

North Knoxville

A tradition continues. The Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization will host the 32nd Anniversary Tour of Homes fundraising event on Saturday, June 25. New features for the 2022 tour include a VIP Champagne Brunch, as well as, tours of secret gardens throughout the neighborhood.

The tour runs from 1-6 p.m. and will feature the beautiful Gothic Revival architecture of Central United Methodist Church along with seven historic houses, including the 2017 HGTV Urban Oasis, and seven meticulously designed gardens. Adding to the celebration, the church’s organists will be presenting concerts at 2 and 4 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary. Tickets for Tour of Homes and Secret Gardens are $15 ($20 day of event).

The VIP Brunch will be 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. with food offerings and light cocktails. The Tour of Homes and Secret Gardens will be included in the brunch admission. VIP tickets for the brunch and tour are $75 (individual) or $560 (party of 8).

Check-in will be at Central United Methodist Church, 201 E. Third Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. for the VIP Brunch and 12:30 p.m. for the Tour only. Event will be held rain or shine, and tickets will not be refunded due to weather. Go here for more information or to purchases tickets.

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