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Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, or SEEED, has backing of the Knoxville city officials and TVA to weatherize about 1,300 homes.

Next week the organization will present a workshop 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Morningside Community Center in East Knoxville to tell people how weatherization can help lower their utility bills.

SEEED, which runs career-training programs for youth, will be canvassing neighborhoods and handing out LED light bulbs with volunteer support.

The SEEED program comes out of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which found in 2013 that emergency utility payments go to roughly 10,000 households annually in the community, a cost that can run up to $5 million.

Those interested in the meeting or getting involved with SEEED can call the main office at 865-766-5185, or visit

Starting in November, city employees will begin planting 500 canopy and large shade trees in areas that need more tree cover.

A state Department of Agriculture grant for $20,000 will be matched by an additional $20,000 in local funds.

Trees will be planted on North Broadway, Clinton Highway, Hall of Fame Drive, Island Home Avenue, Middlebrook Pike, Park Ridge, Sherrill Boulevard, the Cal Johnson Recreation Center and the safety building.

Planting should be complete by March. This is the second year the city has boosted treecover -- in 2014 about 600 trees were planted throughout the city.

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