Those who had worried that the first female chancellor at UTK, Beverly Davenport, would be serious about diversity can rest easy based on her appointments to the first significant committee she named – the search committee for the new athletic director to replace Dave Hart. She shredded diversity with her six appointments.
The six include only one woman and no African-Americans, but two male trustees and the brother of a third trustee who is the chair of the UT board. Two are neighbors who live three houses apart on Lyons View Pike in West Knoxville on either side of the neglected historic UT-owned Williams House. The woman is Donna Thomas, who works for Hart and will help choose the person she will be working for.
The new greenway in South Knoxville along the Tennessee River, which was completed seven months ago but not announced, will be formally opened on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Public is invited and parking will be at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus at 1709 Alcoa Highway.
Mayor Rogero, in her email inviting people, describes the occasion as “momentous” which is true, given the slow pace at which her administration has constructed greenways across the city over the past four years. The First Creek greenway along Broadway is still a work in progress.