Knoxville city officials say work on the stretch of road known locally as “the Strip” could begin by the first of June. The Strip runs along the northern edge of the University of Tennessee campus between 16th Street and 22nd Street.
As Holiday shopping seasons go, this has been a strange one.
For starters, Thanksgiving came six days later this year than last. “That’s significant,” says Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee. “That’s six fewer days that the retailers have to capture those dollars and so they’re really pushing promotions all the way to Christmas.”
In 2010, then-Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee challenged the University of Tennessee with the goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by the year 2020. Since then, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has engaged in a relentless public campaign to make that happen.
The University of Tennessee has received permission to purchase three homes on White Avenue in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. UT officials plan to use some of that space to build a new classroom building.