Free Online Event Featuring 100+ Authors – October 1-11, 2020   The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word announced that its 32nd annual event will take place October 1-11, 2020 online and free-of-charge. Humanities Tennessee, the organizer of the state’s largest literary event, will transition the three-day festival to virtual access […]

Tennessee making it possible for more families to receive COVID-19 assistance

  The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is giving more families an opportunity to apply for a program that’s already provided valuable financial assistance to thousands across the state who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS has extended that deadline to apply for Emergency Cash Assistance until Saturday, August 29, 2020. This change […]

Circuit court clerk requests $1.5 million loan from rainy-day fund

Knox County Circuit Court Clerk Charlie Susano requested a $1.5 million loan his office could draw down as needed to help offset lost revenue and cover expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The request is expected to be on the Knox County Commission agenda in July. If approved, between this request and the […]

Gov. Lee Announces Law Enforcement Reform Partnership

Joint effort to address use of force, duty to intervene policies across agencies   Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee […]

Neighborhoods host physically distanced July 4 festivities

Several Knoxville neighborhoods are participating in the inaugural Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue, a physically distanced, socially engaging event to be held in lieu of the City’s annual Festival of the Fourth.   “I will miss celebrating with everyone at the World’s Fair Park,” said Mayor Indya Kincannon. “But I’m excited to see […]

Museum of Appalachia to Host July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot

NORRIS, Tenn.: While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with an old-fashioned “anvil shoot.”  Every 4th of July, the Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air. Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to commemorate holidays, elections, and […]

Mayor Kincannon mandates masks inside city-owned buildings

Mayor Kincannon mandates masks inside city-owned buildings

Mayor Indya Kincannon signed an executive order yesterday mandating masks be worn inside all City-owned buildings.   The order comes following a week of significant increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Knox County.   “Wearing a mask is one thing we know will help mitigate the spread of this virus,” Kincannon said. […]

Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020

New executive orders extend key provisions from previous orders Tennessee Governor Bill Lee yesterday signed Executive Order No. 50 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to August 29, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the […]

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