Absentee Ballots must be returned to Election Commission by USPS, FedEx, or UPS by Close of Polls on Tuesday, November 3

Knox County Election Commission reminds voters that absentee ballots cannot be hand-delivered to polling place or KCEC office Knox County voters that have received their absentee ballot in the mail and haven’t yet mailed it back (or that will receive it in the next few days) can – with a first-class stamp for postage – […]

FBI, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

FBI, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

FBI Special Agents along with deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are searching for the suspect involved in the robbery of the United Community Bank located at 10514 Kingston Pike. Just after 9:00 a.m. this morning, the suspect entered the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed […]

CAK’s Middle School presents Singing in the Rain, Jr.

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, CAK is presenting musical theatre. This special one-hour performance of Singing in the Rain, Jr is being presented by middle school students.   “We have lots of COVID guidelines—that’s for sure,” says CAK Director of Special Events, Missy Standifer. “They are for both the cast and […]

Early Voting ends tomorrow

~ from Office of Neighborhoods   The final week of early voting is upon us! The last day to early vote is Thursday, Oct. 29. Visit one of the following locations, and cast your ballot: * Downtown West, 1645 Downtown West Blvd., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 28- 29 * Halls Recreation Center, 6933 Recreation Ln., […]

PBS Special Knox Opera for All Airing 11/13 at 9PM

Knoxville Opera collaborates with PBS to produce a program celebrating opera in its community Knoxville Opera and East Tennessee PBS have collaborated to create “Knox Opera for All: A Celebration of Knoxville Opera” – a concert that will be broadcast on East Tennessee PBS November 13 at 9:00 p.m. The concert features Maestro Brian Salesky […]


“There are only two industries that refer to their customers as “users”: illegal drugs and software.” Edward Tufte, Yale Professor Emeritus By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you seen it? Though I am no fan of Netflix, their documentary The Social Dilemma must be watched, especially if you have children or grandkids. And I recommend you […]

Local Wreaths Across America needs your donations

By Mike Steely We’re fortunate in Knox County to have three veteran cemeteries. On Saturday, December 19, all three hallowed burial grounds should be totally decorated with wreaths from the local “Wreaths Across America” but there’s a problem. Donations to purchase the wreaths is lagging behind. Chris Albrecht, Wreath Program Ambassador, is urgently asking for […]

‘The ball doesn’t weigh that much’

By Tom Mattingly Reporters once asked Southern Cal head coach John McKay why he gave the ball to O. J. Simpson 25-30 times a game. His response: “He doesn’t belong to a union. Anyway, the ball doesn’t weigh that much.” The ball may not be heavy, as McKay noted, but the pigskin can get away […]

Leaving Beckley, West Virginia

Leaving Beckley, West Virginia

(Part 4 in series on Dwight Kessel) By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing something to earn money,” the West Virginia native shared.  “Empty pop bottles were worth a penny apiece at the store and five of them would buy an ice cream cone or a candy bar.” Growing […]

Voting twice

By Joe Rector As of this writing, more than 40 million Americans have voted in the 2020 presidential election. Even with coronavirus cases hitting nearly 60,000 each day, folks are putting on their masks and heading to the polls. I tried to be safer this year by voting in a different way, but things didn’t […]

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