TDOE Launches Survey to Solicit Public Feedback on Federal CARES Act

The Tennessee Department of Education has released a public survey seeking feedback from all stakeholders on the most effective ways to help school districts address immediate needs to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.       H.R. 748, the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) is federal legislation to provide $2 trillion in emergency […]

TDOE Releases Schedule and Resources for Video Lessons Airing Statewide on PBS starting April 6th

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with PBS stations across the state to offer 1st-8th grade students up to 30 hours of standards-aligned instructional lessons per week during times of COVID-19 school closures.   “We know so many Tennesseans have grown up learning from public television and are so grateful to PBS for embodying the volunteer spirit and supporting our students in this critical way,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “We are amazed by the response of PBS and Tennessee’s educators to support at-home learning during these unprecedented […]

TDEC to close all 56 Tennessee state parks effective April 4

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas to the public effective April 4 through April 14, in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23. This is a complete closure of facilities and access to all Tennessee State Parks and […]

Forgivable SBA loans for small businesses affected by COVID-19 available Friday, April 3

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans starting Friday, April 3 Forgivable SBA loans are designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed   Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for loan assistance through the U.S. […]

Public awareness message for motorists in Tennessee

~ from the City of Knoxville A public awareness message for motorists in Tennessee: State, county and local law enforcement officers will not pull you over for the sole purpose of determining if you have legal reason to be out of your residence, are employed by an essential business or engaged in essential activity. KPD […]

Gov. Lee Requires Tennesseans to Remain at Home as Data Shows Increased Activity Among Citizens

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state. “Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said […]

Superintendent Bob Thomas: Important “KCS at Home” Message

Dear KCS families, Our team has been busy working to make our “KCS at Home” resources available to students, and we are excited that on Monday you will have access to these materials. As we have shared previously, participation in “KCS at Home” is voluntary, and completion will not affect a student’s grade. We encourage […]

Notice For Neighborhoods Hosting Food Truck Vendors

~ from the Office of Neighborhoods On March 23, 2020, the Knox County Health Department issued a “Safer at Home” order, instructing all citizens to stay home and practice physical distancing to aid in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Since the order went into effect, folks have come up with creative ways to support local […]

Blount Co Library – Free access to a new family of online libraries of read-alongs, e-books, audiobooks, and videos for all ages

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has made its family of online libraries available for free to the Blount County Public Library until at least August 31. These libraries consist of digital, audio, and visual resources covering many educational subjects and literary genres suitable for every age.   Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary is […]