Knox News Brief: The Updated Tennessee Theatre Sign
By Eli French
September 9, 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.
Reinstallation of the Tennessee Theatre’s sign
The refurbished Tennessee Theatre sign is has returned to its home on the outside of the theatre. The updated sign illuminates Gay Street with 57 hundred brand new bulbs.
During the summer, the sign was taken down to be repaired and was reinstalled on Wednesday, August 31. The city closed Gay Street Wednesday night to allow hundreds of people to observe the relighting of the theatre’s sign. The sign is a reproduction of the original sign from 1928, which was taken down in 1956, and then remade 49 years later.
The sign is shining bright, but it may be too bright for local residents that live in apartments near the theatre on Gay Street. There are already plans for a dimmer light system. Until it is installed the theatre will show courtesy to local residents and turn the sign off at 9:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. However, over the weekend, the automatic light timer malfunctioned and the theatre’s sign was lit all weekend.
The 2016 Tennessee Valley Fair
The Tennessee Valley Fair will be here September 9-18 at the historic Chilhowee Park. Here is some information on concerts and attractions for anyone planning on attending.
There will be concerts throughout the week including appearances from Gary Allan, Kane Brown, Styx, Naughty by Nature and more.
The fair will have action sports such as tractor pulls, demolition derbies and Spur’n S Rodeo. Thrilling midway rides like these have been provided by Wade Shows Inc. for 13 years. In the Kerr building an art show will showcase “home centered” exhibits from talented East Tennesseans of all ages.
Be sure not to miss this year’s Tennessee Valley Fair and enjoy the fun there is to come with it.
You can find admission prices and other information about when the rides are open here.
Frances the Giraffe
The Knoxville Zoo recently received a brand new addition: Frances, the one-year old female giraffe. Frances arrived on Monday, September 5 and the next day she was already warming up to her new enclosure.
Frances is 10 feet tall and weighs 740 pounds. She was introduced to the female giraffes on Monday, Patches who 30-years-old and her 15-year-old daughter, Lucille. On Tuesday she was introduced to a 13-year-old male named Jumbe as she became more comfortable with her exhibit. It is hoped that once Frances reaches her full maturity that her and Jumbe will become parents.
She was given full access to the Grasslands Africa yard on Wednesday. She is now viewable by the public and is easy to spot due to her small stature. Central’s club HOSA is planning on sponsoring an animal at the zoo and Frances is one of the possible sponsors.