We served as bond counsel to the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) in connection with the issuance of $97 million of tax-exempt bonds, the proceeds of which will be used for improvements and extensions to KUB’s electric, gas, water and wastewater systems.
Issuance of $97 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for the Knoxville Utilities Board
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