Briefs for May 28, 2022

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Man taken to hospital after KPD rescue 

Knoxville firefighters rescued a man from a burning house Friday morning in East Knoxville, authorities said.

The blaze was reported at 7:34 a.m. in a house at 1518 Cecil Avenue by a caller who also told dispatchers that someone was trapped in a basement, according to KFD Asst. Chief Mark Wilbanks.

“Knoxville Fire Department members immediately began rescue efforts of the person trapped by the fire, and by 7:45 AM one adult male had been removed from the residence and transferred to an ambulance,” Wilbanks said.

“The structure had a total of four occupants and two dogs,” he continued. “Three adults and the animals were located in the upstairs of the home. The male that was rescued was located in the basement. No other injuries have been reported.”

The house sustained significant damage, he said.

The three occupants who escaped on their own said a working smoke alarm alerted them to the fire, he continued, and the American Red Cross was assisting them.

The man rescued from the basement was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for evaluation, he said.

KAT seeking public input on future of city buses 

Knoxville Area Transit, better known as KAT, wants the public’s input on the future of the City’s bus network. 

“What should the future of public transit look like in Knoxville and what are our biggest community priorities for transit?” are the questions posed by this initiative, which will run until April 22.

“KAT wants the citizens of Knoxville to help decide by responding to two concepts of what a new bus network could look like,” according to a statement from KAT officials. “Both concepts show how the KAT bus network could be run differently within its existing budget. These two concepts are not proposals, but rather a means to determine community priorities.”

The public response to these two concepts will be essential to the “KAT Reimagined” process, which is a yearlong planning study by KAT, the Knoxville Regional TPO, and other partners to analyze how KAT operates and recommend changes.

The public can learn about the two concepts at the project website, www.katreimagined.com, by participating in public meetings, and by taking the public survey (available on the website). 

KAT will be engaging the public in multiple ways in April to get responses from riders and the general public. KAT will host in person public meetings on April 7 and 9 and will hold a virtual public meeting April 12 to explain concepts and answer questions. Details for participating in these public meetings are on the aforementioned website.

A KAT consultant team and staff will also meet with bus riders and the public at various events to ask about these concepts with a paper version of this survey. 

Feedback from the public survey and meetings will guide decisions by the Knoxville Transportation Authority Board to decide how KAT “should balance important but competing priorities,” according to agency officials.

In addition to joining the the email list through the website, those interested in following the process can like KAT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knoxvilleareatransit  or follow the agency on Twitter @kat_bus or Instagram @kat_transit.

Published on March 28, 2022