If you’re thinking about building or expanding a business, look north to Union County. State funding is available to help stimulate growth in 23 so-called distressed counties. Union County is the closest to Knoxville.
It made the list with unemployment of 11.4 percent, per capita income of $18,000 and a poverty rate of 22 percent, according to the state’s most recent reports. Many residents drive to Knox County to shop and work.
David Price just wants to be able to ride a bike out of his West Knox neighborhood. But his idea for making Northshore Drive a safer place to ride could lead to safer roads, and better connectivity, throughout Knox County.
Some would call his plan crazy. He wants to add a center turn lane, bike lanes on both sides of the road and a sidewalk to 7.6 miles of Northshore from Pellissippi Parkway to the Loudon County line. When that’s done, he’d like to extend improvements the other direction − from Pellissippi to Lakeshore Park.