Knoxville's first female mayor, vice mayor duo announced

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Indya Kincannon was sworn-in Saturday morning as the 69th mayor of Knoxville.

Mayor Kincannon took the stage vowing to bee a mayor for all people. She said she hopes to empower the community.

"My vision for Knoxville is one that always puts people first," she said.

She made her inauguration speech with four former mayors in the crowd, including Madeline Rogero, Randy Tyree, Victor Ashe and Daniel Brown.

"Knoxville has blossomed and we have re-imagined our scruffy city," Mayor Kincannon said.

On day one, the mayor said she will be taking the bus to work to show her commitment to transportation.

First on the agenda is jobs.

"Even amidst our strong economy, people struggle to find stable careers and can't afford decent housing." In her speech, she also put an emphasis on sustainability and people.

"I'm here today to be mayor of all Knoxvillians. No matter who you voted for, or if you voted at all."

Kincannon led her first council meeting after the inauguration. During the meeting, members voted in Councilwoman Gwen McKenzie as Vice Mayor of Knoxville. This is the first time the city has had both a female mayor and vice mayor.

Kincannon was inaugurated at the Bijou Theatre at 10:30 a.m. after defeating Eddie Mannis in the Nov. 5 election.

The ceremony also included the swearing-in of new City Council members Lynne Fugate, Janet Testerman, Amelia Parker, Charles Thomas and re-elected City Judge John R. Rosson, Jr.

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