Knox County Commission approves turning old Knoxville High

Knox County Commission approves turning old Knoxville High School into senior living facility

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People at Monday's county commission meeting showed their feelings with signs. People at Monday's county commission meeting showed their feelings with signs.
In a vote of 9 to 2, Knox County Commission voted in favor of a proposal that will turn the historic Knoxville High School into a senior living facility during Monday's meeting. In a vote of 9 to 2, Knox County Commission voted in favor of a proposal that will turn the historic Knoxville High School into a senior living facility during Monday's meeting.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In a vote of 9 to 2, Knox County Commission voted in favor of a proposal that will turn the historic Knoxville High School into a senior living facility during Monday's meeting.

"There's actually a seven to one need for senior housing in our area," Commissioner Amy Broyles said. "I know that some people believe we are saturated with senior housing. We actually need more."

The $13.7 million project will provide an independent living area for seniors, which developers stress is different from assisted senior living.

"People who say that seniors are not active, I don't know if you've been to the malls seeing who all those people are walking around the malls for exercise. It's not 14-year-olds," 4th and Gill resident Bill Murrah said who supports the plans.

Commissioners Sam McKenzie and Mike Brown voted against the resolution, saying they believe the county would benefit from a mixed use facility instead.

"In terms of a vision for that area a vision for Knox county, that's the not best use," Commissioner Sam McKenzie.

During Monday's commission meeting, commissioners also voted in a new Knox County auditor. Andrea Williams, a former TVA employee, will take on the role with a $114,000 annual salary.

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