County to propose $500K loan to Zoo Knoxville

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced today his plan to propose a $500,000 loan to Zoo Knoxville to help overcome operating shortfalls during the facility’s COVID-19 closure. The loan will be made from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund, which is specifically designated for promoting tourism. The fund has a $1.4 million surplus.   “Though Zoo Knoxville […]

Knox County Election Administrator Cliff Rodgers resigns

By Elaine Davis The Knox County Election Commission met Monday to certify the results from the March 3rd Election. What wasn’t on the agenda was the announcement from Cliff Rodgers of his retirement on May 30, 2020. Mr. Rodgers was appointed in 2011 and has overseen twenty-four elections. He administered one of the most difficult […]

Information for AP students affected by COVID-19

This is important information for those students taking AP Placement classes.   “Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school: We’re providing live and on-demand AP courses for free. We’re developing a new at-home […]

Tennessee State Parks announces temporary operational changes

Parks committed to flattening the curve, serving Tennesseans   Tennessee State Parks, in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve Tennesseans, is joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel, but to visit only their nearby parks. The park system is also announcing […]

County to Pay for Some COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced today that the county would pay for COVID-19 testing for uninsured residents through the Knox County Health Department.   “One of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 is extensive testing,” Mayor Jacobs said. “As we continue to keep our community protected, we’re […]

KCHD temporarily limits services due to COVID-19 pandemic

To protect the health of clients, patients and staff, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is temporarily limiting several services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few of the changes include, but are not limited to: KCHD’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is conducting services by phone. The Dental Clinic will be open for dental […]

State Senator Becky Massey answers constituent questions on COVID-19

By Elaine Davis For an hour yesterday, state Senator Becky Massey along with Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department, answered questions from constituents on a tele-conference call regarding the COVID-19 virus. Questions ranged from health and business concerns to daily life impacts. Several callers asked about what efforts are being made […]

TDOE Announces Partnership with PBS to Deliver Daily Instructional Content for Tennessee Students

The Tennessee Department of Education secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures. This partnership will provide all students with access to daily learning opportunities right in their own homes.    Staring April 6, Tennessee’s six PBS stations— WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI— will deliver two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content from 10 a.m. to […]