As dusk descended on downtown Knoxville last Friday, more than 1,000 bicyclists—many decked out in holiday costumes—gathered in Market Square to await the start of the City of Knoxville’s 8th annual Tour de Lights bike ride. With festive spirit, snowmen, reindeer, elves, and even jolly ol’ St. Nick mounted their bikes, departed the square, and headed north.

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As the end of 2014 approaches, and thoughts turn to fresh starts and New Year’s resolutions, there is at least one person at the planning commission who is making plans for a major life change.

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If you’ve seen an odd contraption carried along greenways and trails in the Knoxville area in the last few weeks, you might have guessed that some new Google technology was in town.

You would be right – the green backpack-mounted orb is a Google Trekker camera that records ground views of local attractions. What you may not have known is who brought the Google Trekker camera to our area.

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