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  • Wildflowers
    Wildflower Witness
    A University of Tennessee scientist uses Henry David Thoreau’s 19th century observations to chart the effects of climate change.
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  • Andrew Johnson Building
    Power Poll: Scant Support for Lee’s K-12 Plan
    Knox County survey respondents oppose the governor’s proposals on vouchers and charter schools by a wide margin.
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  • Knoxville mayoral candidates
    A Raise on the Table
    City Council will consider a proposal to give the next mayor a 14 percent pay boost above Mayor Madeline Rogero’s current salary.
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  • Shabaka Hutchings at Big Ears 2019
    Sound and the City
    For Big Ears founder Ashley Capps, Knoxville itself is a big part of the program. Plus, photos from Big Ears 2019!
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  • Lucy Negro Redux
    Big Ears Brings Big Bucks
    The international music festival provides an economic injection to downtown businesses and introduces Knoxville to new audiences.
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  • Vision Quest
    Crowded schools and jails, inadequate roads and sidewalks. Lamenting a lack of planning and priorities, Knox County Commissioners plan to set some.
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  • Big Ears 2018
    Big Ears’ Big Tent
    The festival's eclectic energy is carrying over to its home city, in many different ways. We trace some of them.
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  • Precinct Profile: Knox County #89
    Whether they cruise along bucolic Maryville Pike or plunge into the frenzy of Alcoa Highway, these South Knox voters drive on the right side of the political road.
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  • Knox Found logo
    Knox Found #22: Hometown Pride
    A weekly mystery photo to test your knowledge of the local landscape.
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  • Rep. Bill Dunn
    Voucher Momentum
    Knoxville’s Bill Dunn shepherds Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Accounts bill over its first legislative hurdle.
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Coming September 2018.
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  • A New Alternative to the Streets
    Volunteer Ministry Center, with the help of city taxpayers, wants to establish Knoxville’s first ‘low-barrier’ homeless shelter.
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  • Appalachian Chorus
    In response to J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ regional writers stake a claim to political and cultural diversity in the Southern mountains.
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  • Here Comes the Gov
    Bill Lee brings his State of the State roadshow to Knoxville, talking workforce, justice and character education.
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  • Rethinking Rural Healthcare
    A UT healthcare policy expert says expanding Medicaid is needed but wouldn’t be enough on its own to prevent rural hospital closures.
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  • Smoke Signals
    A report calls for a tax-funded Knox County fire department. County officials want to explore their options.
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