City of Knoxville responds to Black Lives Matter street painting project

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Over the weekend, activists in Knoxville started painting a Black Lives Matter street mural in front the Austin-East High School despite a permit not being formally issued for the street art project by the city.

At the time, the mayor’s office said the idea came at too short of a notice and didn’t meet the minimum permit requirements.

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But that didn’t stop dozens of activists from showing up early Saturday morning to kick off the project, although we’re told the mural hasn’t been completed just yet.

A spokesperson for the city of Knoxville released a statement Tuesday:

“Organizers of the decorative street painting project have expressed interest in completing a permit request and to finish the project. We are working with organizers right now and both parties are hopeful that we can finish this together.”

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We’re also told the city will post their decorative street painting policy online in order “to help avoid confusion for any future proposals.”

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