KNOXVILLE (Jan. 25, 2012) – Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett visited several South Knoxville businesses Wednesday morning to hear firsthand the impact the Henley Street Bridge closure is having on them. Mayor Burchett is also encouraging citizens from across Knox County to make a conscious effort to visit and do business in South Knoxville and South Knox County. (See pictures from the mayor's visit below.)
“The Henley Street Bridge construction project is important, and it will benefit Knox County residents and visitors alike when it is finished,” Mayor Burchett said. “In the meantime, though, businesses along Chapman Highway, many of them locally owned, need the support of the entire community. Occasionally driving a couple extra miles south of the river to eat out, shop or conduct other business is an easy way citizens can help.”
Mayor Burchett visited the Disc Exchange, Allen Sign Co., Rush’s Music, Crow’s Alignment, Emery’s 5 & 10 and Comic Xchange. Many of the business owners and employees said they have seen a significant impact in business due to reduced traffic on Chapman Highway and were encouraged by the mayor’s visit.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I hope all of our citizens understand that what happens in one part of the county affects all parts of the county,” Mayor Burchett said. “Spending time and money in South Knoxville not only helps these businesses, but it will help our local economy.”
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