Deadline for Small Business Relief Extended Until September 30

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today announced a 5-day extension for eligible small businesses to certify for the Tennessee Business Relief Program (TBRP).   “We want to ensure this relief makes it to as many small businesses as possible who are hurting from the impacts of the pandemic,” said Gov. Lee. “I encourage every eligible business […]

Applications available for COVID-19 funds for homelessness services

The City of Knoxville released its Application Packet Friday for agencies seeking to provide assistance for housing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This application is for federal funds to provide services to individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness, receiving homeless assistance or having trouble paying housing-related expenses.   The application form and instructions are […]

TDOE’s New COVID-19 District Information Dashboard Launches Next Week

Update includes additional data around positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools   Yesterday, the Tennessee Department of Education released plans to report additional COVID-19 information at school and district levels, including numbers of new positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools.   “Parents and community members are working to make informed decisions, and we […]

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Orders Extending State of Emergency, Regulatory Flexibility, Local Authority on Facial Coverings

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today signed Executive Order No. 59 to extend certain, targeted provisions of Executive Order Nos. 36, 38, 49, 50, 54, and 55 through September 30, 2020 to facilitate the continued treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and wearing face coverings in public places, and protecting vulnerable […]

New downtown signage highlights how to help businesses stay open

  New signage will be displayed across downtown Knoxville to remind people that staying safe and healthy can help downtown businesses stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 5, the messaging will be installed in businesses and public areas around the downtown district. The eye-catching signage, provided by Downtown Knoxville Alliance, will […]

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order to Allow Contact Sports, Extend Local Authority for Mask Requirements

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Friday signed Executive Order No. 55, allowing the resumption of contact sports and extending local authority to require masks, among other provisions.   “Athletics is an important part of our way of life and provides many benefits for our student-athletes, but common-sense precautions must be taken to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. […]

Clarence Brown Theatre Suspends Production for 2020

The Clarence Brown Theatre and the Department of Theater will suspend live theater productions for the remainder of 2020.   “The ongoing incompatibility of theatrical production with University policy and best public health practices in response to COVID-19 force us to this decision. The pandemic demands we take the health and safety of our audiences […]

Joint Statement: KCHD and KCS

Given the current pandemic, Knox County Schools and the Knox County Health Department have been working even more closely. Staff from both KCS and KCHD have weekly scheduled calls and are in regular communication regarding COVID-19 and a variety of matters. KCHD reviewed and provided feedback on the district’s reopening plan, representing just one of […]