Downtown Knoxville Alliance gives $250,000 boost to Fort Kid renovation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The renovation to the Fort Kid playground area got a financial boost Wednesday from the Downtown Knoxville Alliance.

The organization is contributing $250,000 for an entryway path to the beloved playground.

Hedstrom Landscape Architecture has developed a concept for the slope and path to connect World’s Fair Park Drive with Fort Kid. The terminus of the sloped path at the top of the hill would be at a newly created accessible entrance to the play structure and a new accessible parking area. 

“The City is very appreciative of the supplemental funding approved by the Downtown Alliance, as well as the slope concept developed by Hedstrom Landscape Architecture,” Knoxville Deputy Chief Operating Officer Chip Barry said. “We look forward to activating the space and creating an accessible path with interactive features.” 

In May and June, the decaying retaining wall made of railroad ties and the 30-year-old timber

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Deliveries Modernizes with Improvements in Every Corner of the App

There can be no doubt that 2020 has been a record year for package deliveries. Perhaps things were already trending that direction pre-pandemic, but during a year in which many people have unexpectedly found themselves staying home more than ever, the number of deliveries being made has surely seen a huge spike.

Deliveries, the package tracking app for iOS and Mac, has received a strong update today with a wide variety of quality of life improvements. There’s nothing huge or flashy here, but the sum of the many small changes should help Deliveries continue being one of the best and easiest ways to track that steady stream of packages heading your way.

Deliveries now supports your device’s system appearance setting, so you can track your packages in either light or dark mode. The UI has also been updated with tweaks that help it feel fresh and modern.

On iPad and

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7 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers of 2020

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Pour over coffee makers have a reputation for making really good coffee by achieving optimal flavor extraction and churning out richer, deeper brews than a conventional drip machine. They work by placing medium-fine ground coffee beans (although you may need to adjust the fineness of your grounds based on how quickly the water passes through) into a filter and pouring hot water over them to brew directly into your cup or a carafe. The process requires patience and time, but the result is worth it.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute, our Kitchen Appliance experts test a range of coffee makers from drip coffee makers to French presses to espresso makers and single-cup coffee makers and coffee accessories like coffee grinders and travel mugs. When we test coffee makers, we round up the best models on the market and narrow down the field before testing for aspects

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25 The Elf on the Shelf Ideas For Every December Day ‘Til Christmas

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Ah, the The Elf on the Shelf — the bane of so many parents’ holiday seasons. Maybe you have a love-hate relationship (or, OK, a hate-hate relationship) with the wily little guy. But chances are, your kids love him. And hey, the internet loves him. He’s basically the best thing to happen to holiday mischief since Santa himself.

Although it can be fun to come up with your own creative ideas for where to place the beloved/dreaded elf (and we encourage you to do so) it can also be a little… exhausting, to say the least. And nowadays, The Elf on the Shelf has so many accessories — Elfie’s even got his own pets — to keep this yearly activity fresh and exciting. Elfie can almost give Barbie a run for her money. So here are more than two dozen easy The Elf

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Alabama storm victims warned to look out for price gouging, home repair fraud

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Alabama Attorney General’s Office and Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams and price gouging during home repair or storm damage cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

State officials joined Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters and State Representative Matt Simpson in Fairhope, Ala. on Sept. 28 to warn coastal Alabamians about the possibility of fraud as they hire workers to repair storm damage.

As consumers begin the process of home repair, the HBLB recommends using licensed home builders and roofers, as required by law. On Sept, 23, HBLB Executive Director J.R. “Chip” Carden waived some requirements for issuance of a roofer license, allowing emergency roofers licenses to be issued in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

“Based on the Governor’s disaster declaration, the Home Builders Licensure Board has activated its emergency roofer license for Mobile and Baldwin

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Nest Audio: Google’s newest smart speaker is replacing the original Google Home

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The Nest Audio costs $100.


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The Nest Audio smart speaker, widely leaked and even spotted last week in stores, was announced Wednesday at the company’s Launch Night In event. It’s the successor to the Google Home smart speaker, the very first speaker the search giant launched in 2016.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned today:

  • Priced at $100 (£90, AU$149)
  • Five colors: Chalk, charcoal, sand, sky and sage
  • Designed with 70% sustainable materials
  • 19mm tweeter for high frequency coverage and clear vocals
  • 75mm midwoofer for better bass

Google says the Nest Audio is 75% louder with a 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home. 


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When it comes to features, the Nest Audio keeps up with all the latest Google updates like real-time, multiroom audio, voice calling with Google Duo and

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Windrush victims sceptical about Home Office ‘improvement plan’

Victims of the Windrush scandal have responded with scepticism to the publication of a Home Office “comprehensive improvement plan” promising “a fairer, more compassionate” department – pointing to similar previous pledges that have yet to materialise.

The author of a report into the scandal’s causes also reacted with frustration that the government is not moving fast enough to implement all of her recommendations, despite a promise from the home secretary, Priti Patel, in June that they would be adopted in full.

Wendy Williams, who wrote the independent Windrush lessons learned review, welcomed the plan, but added: “Some of the more fundamental recommendations, such as the appointment of the migrants’ commissioner, require greater clarity and pace if the department is to be successful in its aim to rebuild public trust.”

In her introduction to the plan, Patel made a renewed promise to oversee an ambitious, comprehensive reform of the Home Office.

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How to Pay for a Home Remodel Without Tapping Your Equity

Erin Nelsen’s house could use more walls.

The certified financial planner works outside the home from an office in Cypress, California. But her husband, Shawn, works from a makeshift home office in their kitchen. From there, he hears his kids attending online school through an opening to the adjacent dining room.

To accommodate his new working conditions, Shawn taped a “sound-insulating foam barrier” in the opening, Nelsen says.

Other homeowners have used their time sheltering in place to make more permanent changes. About one-third (34%) of homeowners who have done improvements since March 1 started sooner than planned because they had more free time at home during COVID-19 social distancing measures. That’s according to a NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among more than 800 homeowners who have done home improvements since March 1.

Seven percent of those renovating homeowners used a home equity loan or line of

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Salt Lake Temple renovation reaches ‘hardest stage’ with work on foundation underway

Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series highlighting Latter-day Saints for General Conference week.


SALT LAKE CITY — Temple Square already looks vastly different than it did nine months ago when crews began the massive Salt Lake Temple renovation project.

Gone are the majority of temple add-ons constructed in the 1960s, such as the north side entrance, chapel and sealing room addition, and nearly all objects that were located in the space north and south of the temple. Other buildings, such as the South Visitors’ Center, were demolished in January.

There’s also a large pit surrounding the historic structure after crews created a retaining wall around it as they work to strengthen the temple’s foundation.

“The next stage is probably the hardest, where we work on strengthening the foundation by adding to the foundation,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for The Church of Jesus

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Which is best for you?

Home renovations can add value to your property and allow you to enjoy a newly remodeled space, but they’re often costly. If you don’t have the cash on hand for home improvements, you may consider opening a credit card from Home Depot or Lowe’s to benefit from discounts and/or special financing offers.

Both home improvement retailers offer store cards that you can use to your advantage when doing any home renovations. The cards have similar perks, making it hard to choose a card if you don’t prefer one store over the other.

Below, CNBC Select compares the Home Depot Consumer Credit Card and the Lowe’s Advantage Card, so you can choose the best card for your next home improvement.

Home Depot Credit Card vs. Lowe’s Credit Card

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Rewards No discount, but rotating limited time offers for
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