Affiliates and Affiliations
In February 2008, Scenic Knoxville became the first affiliate of Scenic Tennessee (as well as the newest affiliate of our parent organization Scenic America). Among its first advocacy successes was a ban on digital billboards within Knoxville city limits, a move that significantly strengthened the city's 2001 ban on new billboards, because it prohibited the digital conversion of previously static signs.
More recently, again armed with impressive information, data and legions of supporters and influential allies, Scenic Knoxville led the successful push for a ban on digital billboards in Knox County, and a new city sign ordinance that will dramatically improve Knoxville’s appearance over time
In April 2016, Scenic America President Mary Tracy presented the group with its Stafford Award, in recognition of Scenic Knoxville's focused and sustained campaign to preserve and enhance scenic beauty in Knox County. (See photo above.) It was the first time Scenic America had selected an organization, rather than an individual, to receive its highest honor.
Note: Knoxville area residents who become members of Scenic Knoxville automatically become members of Scenic Tennessee, and vice versa.
Scenic Tennessee is a state affiliate of Scenic America, the only national organization "dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's communities and countryside."
Founded in 1982 as the Coalition for Scenic Beauty, Scenic America today is a leading voice and expert on issues that affect scenic integrity, from cell-tower design to vegetation control to First Amendment principles as they apply to billboards. In addition to monitoring state policies, researching position papers and testifying before Congress, Scenic America works intensively with more than 35 local and state affiliates, coordinating their advocacy efforts, advising on projects and providing assistance and resources with everything from technical support to communications strategies.