Knox News Brief
By Marcus Hixenbaugh
September 16, 2016
Knoxville is a bustling city, and the life of the average high schoolers is equally busy. For those who don’t always have time to catch the news, check out the short list of Knoxville’s latest and greatest happenings.
Smokies Baseball Owner Buys New Property Downtown
Randy Boyd, local businessman and philanthropist, just purchased 7 acres of land in the old city. The total price for the 7 acres was a massive 6 million dollars. The property was owned by Knox Rail Salvage.
Mr. Boyd has also purchased the Lay Packing Company, which is next to the Knox Rail Salvage on Jackson Street.
The president of Knox Rail Salvage, Mike Frazier, spoke with Randy during the sale of the property and asked what he intended to do with the property. Randy replied, “It's something that will be an asset to the community.” He didn’t care to elaborate more on the topic.
WBIR 10 news asked Frazier about the rumors that Boyd might build a new stadium for the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.
Frazier replied, "You might be onto something," he said. "But I don't want to say one way or the other."
The New Baby Gorilla At The Knoxville Zoo
Another baby gorilla was born in the Knoxville zoo! This new addition was born on Saturday night September 10, but was announced to the public on Sunday morning September 11.
This is the third baby gorilla to be introduced to the Knoxville Zoo in the last 2 years.
In 2015 the two gorilla babies that were born in the Knoxville zoo boosted the zoo to record attendance. With the new baby the attendance should grow even more.
Tom Criuse Is Coming To Knoxville
Tickets go on sale Friday September 16 for the premiere showing of the new movie, "Jack Reacher Never Go Back.” Each ticket costs $50 with all the proceeds going to the Regals charity, Variety- The Children's Charity of East Tennessee.
Tom Cruise will attend this local premiere on October 17 at the Regal Cinemas Pinnacle 18 Theater in Turkey Creek. There will be a limited amount of tickets sold.
The movie is about how Jack Reacher is trying to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy. He is on the run from the law as a fugitive, he uncovers a secret from his past that may change his future forever.