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|New Knoxville Track Closer to Reality
|The president of the Knoxville School Board is ready to get a brand new track and football field under construction and ready for use.
Robert Bogard and both school district and city leaders broke ground Monday on the $900,000 complex near Gilson and Mill Streets, one that residents had long hoped for but many thought might not come, despite planning that has seemingly gone on for years.
Bogard told a crowd Monday that the new complex will be good for the community.
"We'll for the school district, we're going to build it for our kids so they can use it - get them off the street - and it's going to take a lot of hard work but you can see what showed up here tonight and I know the community is going to pull behind us and we're going to get this job done."
Knoxville Mayor Terry Pool says he's thrilled that the project is now officially moving.
"This is a historic day, working together with the school, the city is all in support of this, this is going to make Knoxville even better."
Construction is formally expected to begin soon and be complete by late fall. Public donations are about to be sought for the track's construction, and proceeds from the city's share of the county wide one percent sales tax increase approved in November also will help.
(Knoxville High School graduate and State Rep. Don Moffitt signs a shovel used in the ground breaking ceremony.)
(Knoxville School Board members Jeff Johnson, left, and Tim Rickard, help break ground Monday, while other school board and city leaders look on.)
(Knoxville School District students get a chance to take a turn breaking ground on the new sports complex. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|04 19 11 by Newsroom
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