Featured Special Report

  • City County Building
    Knox 2018: A User’s Guide to Local Government and Politics
    Knoxville in 2018 is a complicated place. A moderate-progressive Southern Appalachian city in a libertarian-conservative Southern Appalachian county, it is home to a strong and diverse culture fueled by competing and often contradictory interests and philosophies.
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Special Report Supporting Stories

  • Black Wednesday Main Assembly Room
    Black Wednesday: The Compass Primer
    The Black Wednesday scandal still reverberates through Knox County political culture, even though most of those involved are no longer in office.
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  • Glenn Jacobs' swearing-in.
    Knox 2018: Knox County
    In Knox County politics, the stage was set for this year to be mostly an encore performance, with lots of familiar faces in slightly different roles.
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  • World's Fair Park
    Knox 2018: City of Knoxville
    Knoxville’s city government is in a period of relative calm before next year’s election. Mayor Madeline Rogero is finishing her second term in office, which ends in December 2019. Potential successors are lining up to run, and thanks to term limits four new Council members will be elected next year as well.
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  • Road closed sign
    How Local Government Works
    Local government is complicated, but don’t despair! We have compiled a handy set of quick guides to the structure and history of our local institutions.
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  • Downtown Knoxville
    Knox 2018: Federal, state elections loom
    Tennesseans get to elect only three offices statewide -- governor and the state’s two U.S. Senate slots. This year, two of the three are up for grabs with no incumbent in the mix.
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  • Knox 2018: The Economy
    One of the long-noted ironies of life in East Tennessee is that in a region dominated politically for a century and a half by the Republican Party and its limited-government philosophy, the economy relies significantly on the federal and state governments.
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  • Ayres Hall
    Knox 2018: The University of Tennessee
    The University of Tennessee has been a remarkably unstable place for the last two decades.
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  • Main Assembly Room
    Knox 2018: Knox County Schools
    The Knox County School Board is in something of a muddle. Three seats turned over in this year’s elections.
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Upcoming Events

  1. Knox County Board of Education: Regular Meeting

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. County Commission Work Session

    November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. County Commission Meeting

    November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. County Commission Zoning

    November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Knoxville City Council

    November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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