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State of the City Address



Story and photography by Liz Lyons

Approximately 700 people gathered recently to hear Mayor Madeline Rogero deliverer her eighth and final State of the City Address at the James White Parkway terminus in South Knoxville, where construction will soon begin on a $10 million Urban Wilderness Gateway Park. At the luncheon, KPD Honor Guard presented arms, students from Dogwood Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance, Reverend Harold Middlebrook gave the invocation, the choir from the Italian opera “Cavalleria Rusticana,” a Knoxville Opera production, sang the national anthem and the city’s poet laureate Marilyn Kallet read a poem on the “state of the city.”

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