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City plans changes to "First Night" celebration

1:08 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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A few changes are coming to an annual Knoxville holiday tradition. City organizers plan to scale back parts of the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration "First Night Knoxville."

Knoxville Director of Special Events Judith Foltz said many favorite features like the ball drop and fireworks will continue this year, but the admission "buttons" fee and some other events will not.

She explained, as the downtown area continues to grow and thrive, many business have begun throwing their own parties and New Year's events and no longer need the help drawing crowds to the area.

Tom Bugg, of the Tennessee Theatre plans for a concert on the holiday this year. He says local band, the Dirty Guv'nah's, will perform at his venue.

"It's a great night, it's one of the nights we get a lot of people who stay in the downtown hotels, and just make a night out of it," he said.

"It seems to me that every time I go to Market Square there's a new restaurant, there's a new business up there, and it's absolutely great."

The exact specifics of how "First Night" will change are still under discussion. City event organizers continue finalizing plans.

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