Members of the South Knoxville Alliance gathered Monday night to honor the service of Janice Tocher, President of local website design company Averra Media.
Tocher was recognized for her more than six years of service on the SKA board dating back to the group’s inception.
“She held it together through some challenging times when the bridge closed,” SKA Chairman Bill Lenczynski said of the Henley St. Bridge closure.
She, as well as other business owners in South Knoxville, will now suffer from business decline from another closure. The Gay St. Bridge, one of the main avenues for traffic into South Knoxville, was closed Oct. 30 in order to install a waterline. The closure, initially thought only to last a month, is now thought to last until Jan. 18, according to officials with The City of Knoxville.
“She’s turned it over to new leadership, but we’re hoping to take what she’s done and really start to grow the businesses here in South Knoxville, Seymour.”
Tocher and her fellow board members helped to organize several business initiatives over the years, including a recent “business card swap” initiative held the last Wednesday of every month in front of Edward Jones Financial Advising.
“That’s really one of the things the board has created to help see business pass to each other and some good referrals. That’s really what the alliance is supposed to be,” Lenczynski said.
The next meeting of the South Knoxville Business Alliance will be held Monday, Jan. 15 at Dogwood Elementary.


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