New Mayor Indya Kincannon says her vision for Knoxville is a ‘city that always puts people first’

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New mayor, city council members sworn into office during inauguration ceremonies at Bijou Theatre

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – New Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said in her inauguration speech on Saturday she would lead with vision and set a compass for the future of Knoxville.

“My vision for Knoxville is a city that always puts people first,” she said in ceremonies at the Bijou Theatre.

She said she will work for a more equitable economy and seek to protect the environment.

Kincannon also emphasized being inclusive. “I aim always to listen with an open heart and an open mind,” she said.

She ended her speech with a quote from President John F. Kennedy: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

Kincannon is the 69th person to be mayor of Knoxville.

The inauguration ceremony also included swearing-in new City Council members Lynne Fugate, Janet Testerman, Amelia Parker and Charles Thomas and re-elected City Judge John R. Rosson, Jr.

Master of ceremonies was Yassin Terou, who relocated to Knoxville from Syria in 2011, and operates two locations of Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville. He reflected on his life’s journey that led him to be on the stage at the Bijou.

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