Protecting and Enhancing Our Scenic Views

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.

- Ogden Nash

Welcome to Scenic Knoxville! We hope you will enjoy your visit and find something beautiful to see.

Scenic Knoxville is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the bountiful scenic resources in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. The group is the first local chapter of the statewide organization Scenic Tennessee, and is also affiliated with Scenic America.

Scenic KnoxvilleA group of diverse individuals from different parts of Knoxville, all possessing a real passion for the city, came together in early 2008 to form the Scenic Knoxville chapter.

The Board of Directors includes Gene Burr, Jerome Erpenbach, Joyce Feld, David Goodson, Marsha Grieve, Margot Kline, Robert Marlino, Kevin Murphy, Lisa Starbuck and Julie Webb.

Scenic Knoxville has been a major contributor to the success of a number of landmark scenic issues in Knoxville and Knox County. Through its efforts, Scenic Knoxville was able to secure a ban on digital billboards, a ban on new electronic message centers (EMCs), and greater restrictions on existing EMCs in the city. Scenic Knoxville’s leadership and advocacy also resulted in the passage of a new City Sign Ordinance which reduced new business sign heights, implemented procedures for quicker removal of abandoned signs and maintenance of signs, and other significant changes. Finally, Scenic Knoxville successfully advocated for a ban (passed by County Commission) on any new digital billboards in Knox County.

Scenic Knoxville has a new Facebook page! Please visit our page and Like Us to show support for our initiatives.

Scenic America President Will Be Keynote Speaker at Scenic Knoxville Membership Meeting

Please help Scenic Knoxville celebrate our 8 years of advocacy and accomplishment in Knox County!

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7 p.m.
  • East Tennessee History Center
  • 601 S. Gay Street
  • Wine and Refreshments
Our special guest for this event is Mary Tracy, president of Scenic America, who will present "Taking the Long View . . . A Vision for Realizing America the Beautiful."

Scenic America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to help citizens deter visual blight and safeguard the scenic qualities of America's communities, roadways, and landscapes.

Admission is free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please RSVP to or

*Free parking available at State Street Garage behind Tennessee Theatre

Scenic Knoxville's mission is to advocate for the scenic integrity of Knoxville and the surrounding region. We support sustainable land use policies and environmentally sound land use practices, historic preservation of scenic landmarks, tree conservation, litter and signage control, and other issues that impact the visual character of East Tennessee.

Join us! Your membership to Scenic Knoxville also gives you membership in Scenic Tennessee. To support Scenic Knoxville and Scenic Tennessee and begin receiving the quarterly newsletter, you can join online by clicking here to download a membership form. Individuals from surrounding counties are welcome. For more information contact

After reviewing the membership levels, you can pay online using Paypal. Please be sure to put your name and phone number in the notes area of Paypal and either email or mail in your membership form. The Paypal membership payment will appear as a Donation and will show up on your credit card as &Donation to Scenic Knoxville.&

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Knoxville area photos courtesy Cathy McCaughan and Lisa Starbuck
Working Together to Keep Knoxville Scenic!

Scenic Knoxville
P.O. Box 50822
Knoxville, TN 37950