Briefs for March 31, 2022

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Restoration task force moving forward, officials say

The African American Equity Restoration Task Force has been awarded its first grant, one of several benchmarks that demonstrate the body has made “notable progress” since its first meeting in September 2021, officials from the City of Knoxville said Tuesday.

The $30,000 grant from the National League of Cities was praised as an important step toward fulfilling the task force’s purpose. 

“This opportunity to participate in the NLC’s Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative is a great first step. The work done through NLC will help leverage additional grant funding for the Task Force to apply to efforts that will significantly impact our residents,” said Director of Community Empowerment Charles F. Lomax, Jr.

City Council recently authorized the task force to hire a grant writer and named Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker as the task force’s Chair.

The task force was created in December 2020 when City Council approved a resolution to invest $100 million in Knoxville’s established Black neighborhoods, which were largely destroyed during urban renewal projects of the 1950s and ‘60s. The resolution called for the creation of the task force to oversee the investments, which will mostly come from grants.

For a list of meeting dates, locations, agendas and minutes, and a form to submit questions and public comment, visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/EquityTaskForce.

Knox County officer fired, under investigation


A veteran lawman from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has been fired amid allegations that he may have broken the law himself, authorities said. 

Tim Stidam, a patrol officer who was hired by the department in 2013, was terminated March 25, said KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn. 

“There is an active internal and potential criminal investigation on-going into his conduct while on duty,” Glenn said. “We will not make any additional statements or comments until the investigation(s) are closed and Attorney General Charme Allen has reviewed the file.”

Published on March 31, 2022