Vols Fall at Home to Alabama, 71-63

~ from UTAD   KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Three Vols scoring at least a dozen points and five thunderous blocks from senior Yves Pons weren’t enough for the seventh-ranked Tennessee basketball team, which fell at home to Alabama, 71-63, on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Alabama (7-3, 2-0 SEC) used an efficient .500 (10-20) shooting mark from 3-point range to […]

TDH Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and its phased approach to administering COVID-19 vaccines to Tennesseans. “COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “The plan also prioritizes critical […]

Winter birds in East Tennessee: Let’s welcome the snowbirds

Winter is an excellent time to look for birds. Join natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales in a virtual program presented by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society on Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.   “Let’s Welcome the Snowbirds,” a Zoom presentation, will be an overview of species like dark-eyed junco, hermit thrush, yellow-bellied sapsucker, […]

Governor Lee Calls for Special Legislative Session on Education

Session to address learning loss, funding, accountability, literacy, and teacher pay   Tennessee Governor Bill Lee yesterday announced a call for the Tennessee General Assembly to convene for a special legislative session on January 19, 2021 to address urgent issues facing Tennessee students and schools in the 2021-22 school year.   Preliminary data projects an […]

Knox County Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

From Jan. 2 to Jan. 31, Knox County residents can bring their unwanted, live Christmas trees to participating Knox County Convenience Centers for free disposal at no cost.   Knox County operates the following convenience centers: Carter (8815 Asheville Highway) Dutchtown (10618 Dutchtown Road) Halls (3608 Neal Drive) John Sevier (1950 W. Gov. John Sevier […]

Zoo Knoxville excited to announce the birth of baby giraffe

Zoo Knoxville is excited to announce Frances giraffe gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Christmas Eve morning.   Frances and her new calf are being given time to bond in the barn with the zoo’s other female Lucille and father Jumbe.  The team of caretakers will be monitoring the calf closely to make […]

KCDC earns additional vouchers for affordable housing for people with disabilities

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has been awarded 25 additional Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program to help non-elderly, disabled residents secure safe and affordable housing. The new award from HUD for $148,842 will be renewable on an annual basis and […]

Pension board lawsuit on hold

By Mike Steely Speaking before the Knox County Pension Board on Monday, Attorney John Owings said that the Etters vs. Knox County suit is “pretty much on hold” since last month. He said all court actions are almost “at a screeching halt” and he doesn’t expect any action over the next 30 days. “For now […]