Two Boyd Sports parks in ‘best’ summer finals

It’s an all Boyd Sports matchup for best summer leagues’ ballpark with Johnson City and Greeneville squaring off in the finals. The Doughboys, which play at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City and the Flyboys, which play at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, are the last two ballparks left in the 2022 MLB Summer Leagues Best of the Ballparks fan … Read More

Boyd Family Foundation seeds new SEEED home

With major funds donated by the Boyd Family Foundation, an East Knoxville organization broke ground June 16 on a new energy-efficient house as part of an effort to both improve housing and steer young adults out of poverty through career readiness training, environmental education and community engagement. Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) is located in the Morningside Community Center, … Read More

Knoxville Giants’ history to be featured at new baseball stadium

The history of baseball weaves through the city starting in 1896 and includes the Knoxville Giants, a team that will be honored and remembered as part of the development of a new stadium on the edge of the Old City. WBIR Channel 10 aired a video and story package about the Knoxville Giants of the Negro Southern League and the … Read More

Play ball! Claude Walker Ball Park reopens

The kids sat patiently in uniform while the adults talked about the reopening of Claude Walker Ball Park and then took the field after a brief ceremony to play baseball. That is exactly what GEM Community Development Group, Emerald Youth Foundation and the City of Knoxville had envisioned a year ago after forming a partnership to renovate the park. A … Read More

First residential structure at new stadium to be named ‘The Beauford Delaney Building’

The first residential structure at the new Knoxville stadium will be named “The Beauford Delaney Building” in honor of the internationally acclaimed artist whose original childhood home stood one block from the site of the transformational project on the edge of the Old City. Downtown Knoxville-based Partners Development will serve as the developer for the $45 million project, and the … Read More

Knoxville Smokies? We love it!

The Tennessee Smokies will take on a new name when the team moves back home to Knoxville. The Smokies part will remain – its association with the team spans decades. The new part will be Knoxville, which returns the name used for the team from 1925 to 1967 and then again from 1993 to 1999 when it was called the … Read More

Batter up: Baseball is coming back to town

The News Sentinel started its stadium story with this sentence: The Tennessee Smokies are coming home to Knoxville. This longtime baseball fan will add: It’s about time. Minor League Baseball left Knoxville in 1999 because city and county leadership and the ownership at the time couldn’t reach an agreement on a location. The Smokies departed for Sevier County and have … Read More

Big week for new stadium; big week ahead

The push for approval of a new multi-use stadium went 2-2 at the plate this week – and looks to do the same next week to bat a thousand. The Sports Authority and the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission, in separate meetings, both granted unanimous approval this week to move ahead with the $80.1 million overall project. The Sports Authority voted … Read More

Mayor: Bring baseball back to Knoxville

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon posted a video this week to explain her support for the proposed multi-use stadium to be built in East Knoxville on the edge of the Old City complete with a background of baseball sounds and images. The Sports Authority, Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission all will vote within the next week after a workshop … Read More

Stadium approval would bring new hotel

A local developer has plans to build a $22 million hotel in the Old City if approval is granted for a new baseball stadium and multi-use facility. “I’m excited about the growth of downtown Knoxville,” said Nick Patel, a University of Tennessee graduate and president of TCH Knoxville, LLC, which owns seven other hotels in Knox and Sevier counties. “The … Read More