Knoxville Weekend

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Special Guest

Erin Slocum

Executive Director,  Knoxville Weekend

joins The Housing Hour to help  ‘haul out the holly’! Erin tells us all the fun Yuletide events filling the Knoxville Weekend Calendar!

Erin‘s been calling Knoxville her home for the last 13 years. She’s found her professional calling as a marketing specialist with fields of expertise in verbal & visual communication, digital media, social content – and as Executive Director of Knoxville Weekend.

Erin brings her high energy, passion-driven personality to the studio for an hour packed full of fun and great information!

This Week’s Topics:

    • December Christmas Calendar
    •  Great food venues
    • Trolly Talkin’
    • Mary Kellogg-Joslyn co-founder & co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction
    • Ober Gatlinburg

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Community Planning for Wildfires

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Special Guests

Molly Mowery, AICP

Wildfire Planning International

Leon Konz,      Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Nathan Waters,  Assistant District Forester and Kevin Nunn, Lieutenant for Pigeon Forge Fire Department joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about Community Planning for   Wildfires.  Molly Mowery Molly is founder and CEO of Wildfire Planning International, where she currently leads the management of multiple community-based wildfire projects. Molly’s background is in land use planning, sustainable development, and environmental policy.  Kevin Nunn is a Lieutenant with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department and is Firewise Coordinator and Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator for the city of Pigeon Forge coordinating training and implementation of Firewise community planning.  Leon Konz is a  Wildfire Mitigation Specialist who helps with planning and execution. Nathan Waters, Assistant District Forester and is an expert in forest resource management.
Today’s Topics:
A look back at the 2016  Gatlingurg/Pigeon Forge fires
Wildfire Planning International
Wildland Urband Interface
Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW)
The City of Pigeon Forge adoption  of the Firewise program
Pigeon Forge Fire Department home and business assessment


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday

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Special Guest

Doug Lawyer

Vice President of Economic Development  with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss their incredible role in supporting buisnesses and industries in Knoxville and surrounding counties.  With more than 2,200 member businesses, the Knoxville Chamber serves as the collective, influential voice for the regional business community.  They work tirelessly to ensure East Tennessee is the premier location for businesses to locate, operate and expand by working toward our mission of  Driving Regional Economic Prosperity.

Topics Include:

The Chamber’s vision for our community

Small Business Saturday, November 24th

Innovation Valley Update

plus much more!

History of Black Friday

 

 

 

Restaurant Food Safety

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Special Guest

Kevin Clark

Food Program Manager

Knox County Health Department

joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss how the Knoxville Health Department is responsible for the inspection of food service establishments.  Environmental health specialists work directly with food service operators to achieve safe and sanitary food handling practices through inspections, training, and enforcement of the food service rules and regulations.  Retail food operations such as convenience and grocery stores are regulated by the  Department of Agriculture.

Kevin Clark Bio:

  • Eastern Kentucky University- BS in Business Admin
  • Over 15 years experience as food operations management in the private sector.
  • 4 years regulatory experience as food program manager.
  • Projects: Updated KCHD EH website with new food safety flyers, inspection audit check list, mock inspection, food safety training videos, and online food safety training.   Enrolled in Program Standards program achieving completion of Standards 1, 2, Provide ongoing training and standardization to EHS in Knox County.  Participate in TN Food Safety Task Force, State Variance Approval Committee, and attend annual FDA food conferences.
  • When not at work, I love spending family time with Lisa (wife) and Fisher (son) doing just about anything outdoors like boating on Norris Lake, camping/hiking/fishing/kayaking, as well as entertaining friends and family at our home.  We are also avid Kentucky Wildcats and Minnesota Vikings fans!!

Kevin Clark, Food Program Manager
Environmental Health Division
Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917-6413
Phone:  (865) 215-5200
Fax: (865) 215-5221
kevin.clark@knoxcounty.org

Additional  Info:

Kevin’s  team reviews plans required of new food establishments and those planning remodeling ensuring the establishment will meet the minimum construction and installation requirements before construction.  Prior approval of plans protects applicants from expensive changes after construction and installation.

Environmental health specialists inspect every establishment where food and beverages are prepared and served at least twice a year or more often as deemed necessary to ensure compliance with the Tennessee Food Safety Act*.  Current food permits and the most recent inspection report must be displayed in a prominent location for the public to view.

Employee level training is available free of charge in each county health department every month. Contact your local health department for a schedule of training classes.

Consumer complaints and reports of suspected foodborne disease outbreaks are promptly and thoroughly investigated in cooperation with county nurses, doctors, and epidemiological workers.

Foodborne Illness Complaint Hotline 1-800-293-8228

*Tennessee Code, Title 68, Chapter 14