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Knoxville City Employees Show Northstar Students the Big Machines

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5th graders at Northstar Elementary got a close-up look on some of the machines that help Knoxville function during a special presentation Tuesday afternoon. It’s National Public Works Week, so public works employees, along with the fire department and police department, gathered at the school with much of their machinery to explain how it all works. Employees discussed when the first grave was put in Graceland Cemetery (1854), how many streets are named after presidents (11), how many miles of streets there are in Knoxville (around 50), and where our waste water and sewer water goes when it’s treated (Lake Red Rock). Though public works employees annually have given a presentation during Public Works Week, this is the first time that the machinery has been brought out for the kids to see.

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